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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 08-1041-NAT

 

 

 

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 448,000, an increase of 44,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 404,000. The 4-week moving average was 393,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's revised average of 382,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending July 19, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 19 was 3,282,000, an increase of 185,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,097,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,174,500, an increase of 42,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,131,750.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 2.957 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 375,627 in the week ending July 26, a decrease of 36,898 from the previous week. There were 257,426 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending July 19, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,213,405, an increase of 48,639 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.9 percent and the volume was 2,463,232.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending July 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,434 in the week ending July 19, a decrease of 347 from the prior week. There were 1,706 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 149 from the preceding week.

There were 12,790 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 12, an increase of 162 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 20,538, an increase of 487 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 12 were in Puerto Rico (5.0 percent), Michigan (3.7), New Jersey (3.4), Rhode Island (3.4), Pennsylvania (3.3), Oregon (3.2), Wisconsin (3.2), California (3.1), Connecticut (2.9), Massachusetts (2.9), and Nevada (2.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 19 were in Florida (+4,178), Wisconsin (+2,982), Louisiana (+1,212), Illinois (+1,206), and Texas (+1,162), while the largest decreases were in New York (-20,450), Michigan (-6,598), Missouri (-5,065), Pennsylvania (-4,696), and Georgia
(-4,347).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 26

July 19

Change

July 12

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

448,000

404,000

+44,000

372,000

313,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

375,627

412,525

-36,898

483,981

257,426

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

393,000

382,000

+11,000

378,000

308,500

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 19

July 12

Change

July 5

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,282,000

3,097,000

+185,000

3,116,000

2,542,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,213,405

3,164,766

+48,639

3,118,724

2,463,232

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,174,500

3,131,750

+42,750

3,141,250

2,548,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.3%

+0.2

2.3%

1.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.4%

2.4%

0.0

2.3%

1.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 19

July 12

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,434

1,781

-347

1,223

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,706

1,855

-149

1,685


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 12

July 5

Change

Year


Federal Employees

12,790

12,628

+162

13,856

Newly Discharged Veterans

20,538

20,051

+487

21,466

Railroad Retirement Board

2,000

2,000

0

2,000

Extended Benefits

1,777

1,298

+479

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 07/19/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-20,450

 

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

MI

-6,598

 

No comment.

MO

-5,065

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

PA

-4,696

 

Fewer layoffs in the utilities, wood products, petroleum, and manufacturing industries.

GA

-4,347

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile and manufacturing industries.

TN

-4,310

 

Fewer layoffs in the apparel, transportation equipment, and fabricated metals industries

OH

-3,318

 

No comment.

AL

-3,034

 

Fewer layoffs in the apparel and wood products industries.

IN

-2,985

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

OR

-2,697

 

No comment.

IA

-2,076

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WA

-1,980

 

No comment.

NC

-1,617

 

Fewer layoffs in the electronic equipment, lumber/wood, and mining industries.

SC

-1,612

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MS

-1,586

 

No comment.

CA

-1,549

 

No comment.

NJ

-1,483

 

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

MA

-1,371

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.

MN

-1,348

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

AZ

-1,308

 

No comment.

MD

-1,248

 

No comment.

VA

-1,191

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TX

+1,162

 

Layoffs in the trade, insurance, and manufacturing industries.

IL

+1,206

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

LA

+1,212

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

WI

+2,982

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

FL

+4,178

 

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

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current