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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 406,000, an increase of 34,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 372,000. The 4-week moving average was 382,500, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 378,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending July 12, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 12 was 3,107,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,116,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,134,250, a decrease of 7,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,141,250.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 2.940 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 414,249 in the week ending July 19, a decrease of 70,056 from the previous week. There were 298,366 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending July 12, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,174,895, an increase of 56,111 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.0 percent and the volume was 2,588,709.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending July 5.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,774 in the week ending July 12, an increase of 372 from the prior week. There were 1,845 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 467 from the preceding week.

There were 12,610 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 5, an increase of 1,146 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 20,050, an increase of 1,055 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 5 were in Puerto Rico (4.8 percent), New Jersey (3.4), Oregon (3.4), Rhode Island (3.4), Michigan (3.3), Pennsylvania (3.3), California (3.1), Massachusetts (3.0), Connecticut (2.9), Nevada (2.9), South Carolina (2.9), and Wisconsin (2.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 12 were in New York (+13,909), California (+9,416), North Carolina (+9,344), Tennessee (+8,522), and Georgia (+7,000), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-4,571), New Jersey (-1,835), Kentucky (-1,724), Rhode Island
(-1,266), and Massachusetts (-919).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 19

July 12

Change

July 5

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

406,000

372,000

+34,000

348,000

308,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

414,249

484,305

-70,056

401,672

298,366

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

382,500

378,000

+4,500

381,000

310,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 12

July 5

Change

June 28

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,107,000

3,116,000

-9,000

3,203,000

2,543,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,174,895

3,118,784

+56,111

2,857,438

2,588,709

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,134,250

3,141,250

-7,000

3,126,250

2,552,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.4%

1.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.4%

2.3%

+0.1

2.1%

2.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 12

July 5

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,774

1,402

+372

1,669

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,845

1,378

+467

1,872


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 5

June 28

Change

Year


Federal Employees

12,610

11,464

+1,146

13,592

Newly Discharged Veterans

20,050

18,995

+1,055

21,357

Railroad Retirement Board

2,000

2,000

0

2,000

Extended Benefits

1,298

1,726

-428

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 07/12/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MI

-4,571

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

NJ

-1,835

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and service industries.

KY

-1,724

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

RI

-1,266

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MD

+1,024

 

No comment.

MS

+1,087

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NV

+1,271

 

No comment.

MN

+1,291

 

No comment.

PR

+1,451

 

No comment.

WA

+1,642

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

AZ

+1,680

 

No comment.

PA

+2,579

 

Layoffs in the utilities, paper, and primary metals industries, and agriculture.

IN

+2,592

 

Layoffs in the automobile, service, and manufacturing industries.

TX

+2,698

 

Layoffs in the transportation, information, and manufacturing industries.

VA

+2,965

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

MO

+4,666

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

FL

+4,847

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.

AL

+5,273

 

Layoffs in the apparel and transportation equipment industries.

SC

+5,687

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

GA

+7,000

 

Layoffs in the textile and manufacturing industries.

TN

+8,522

 

Layoffs in the rubber/plastics, transportation equipment, electronic equipment, trade, and apparel industries.

NC

+9,344

 

Layoffs in the electronic equipment, electrical equipment, transportation equipment, textile, furniture, lumber/wood, and rubber/plastics industries.

CA

+9,416

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

NY

+13,909

 

Layoffs in the construction, transportation, and public administration industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current