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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 366,000, an increase of 18,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 348,000. The 4-week moving average was 376,500, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 381,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending July 5, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 5 was 3,122,000, a decrease of 81,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,203,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,142,750, an increase of 16,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,126,250.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 2.934 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 475,954 in the week ending July 12, an increase of 74,349 from the previous week. There were 383,839 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending July 5, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,125,165, an increase of 267,660 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.0 percent and the volume was 2,581,098.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending June 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,394 in the week ending July 5, a decrease of 29 from the prior week. There were 1,362 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 251 from the preceding week.

There were 11,460 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 28, a decrease of 260 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 19,021, a decrease of 196 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending June 28 were in Puerto Rico (4.9 percent), Pennsylvania (3.2), Rhode Island (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Alaska (3.0), Oregon (3.0), Michigan (2.9), California (2.8), Connecticut (2.8), Massachusetts (2.8), and Nevada (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 5 were in Michigan (+20,085), Ohio (+6,993), Wisconsin (+5,854), New York (+5,715), and Indiana (+3,711), while the largest decreases were in New Jersey (-5,765), California (-4,578), Massachusetts (-3,668), Texas (-2,356), and Florida
(-1,762).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 12

July 5

Change

June 28

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

366,000

348,000

+18,000

404,000

309,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

475,954

401,605

+74,349

368,544

383,839

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

376,500

381,000

-4,500

390,500

312,500

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 5

June 28

Change

June 21

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,122,000

3,203,000

-81,000

3,111,000

2,561,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,125,165

2,857,505

+267,660

2,855,557

2,581,098

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,142,750

3,126,250

+16,500

3,109,500

2,541,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.4%

-0.1

2.3%

1.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.3%

2.1%

+0.2

2.1%

2.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 5

June 28

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,394

1,423

-29

1,935

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,362

1,613

-251

1,473


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

June 28

June 21

Change

Year


Federal Employees

11,460

11,720

-260

11,723

Newly Discharged Veterans

19,021

19,217

-196

20,334

Railroad Retirement Board

2,000

2,000

0

2,000

Extended Benefits

1,726

1,201

+525

0


FOOTNOTES
SA - Seasonally Adjusted Data
NSA - Not Seasonally Adjusted Data
1 - Prior year is comparable to most recent data.
2 - Most recent week used covered employment of 133,690,617 as denominator.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/05/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NJ

-5,765

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, trade, service, and public administration industries.

CA

-4,578

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and trade industries.

MA

-3,668

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, service, and public administration industries.

TX

-2,356

 

Fewer layoffs in the mining, finance, service, and manufacturing industries.

FL

-1,762

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

CT

-1,304

 

No comment.

IA

-1,118

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

GA

+1,749

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IL

+1,836

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

OR

+1,978

 

No comment.

AR

+2,077

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

IN

+3,711

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

NY

+5,715

 

Layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

WI

+5,854

 

Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

OH

+6,993

 

No comment.

MI

+20,085

 

Layoffs in the automobile and transportation equipment industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current