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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 08-1114-NAT

 

 

 

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Aug. 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 455,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 448,000. The 4-week moving average was 419,500, an increase of 26,750 from the previous week's revised average of 392,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending July 26, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 26 was 3,311,000, an increase of 31,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,280,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,201,000, an increase of 27,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,174,000.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 2.975 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 381,529 in the week ending Aug. 2, an increase of 6,379 from the previous week. There were 270,563 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending July 26, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,175,663, a decrease of 35,404 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.9 percent and the volume was 2,445,524.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska and Rhode Island during the week ending July 19.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,071 in the week ending July 26, a decrease of 236 from the prior week. There were 1,428 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 224 from the preceding week.

There were 14,182 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 19, an increase of 1,363 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 20,897, an increase of 346 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 19 were in Puerto Rico (4.9 percent), Michigan (4.0), Rhode Island (3.5), New Jersey (3.4), Pennsylvania (3.4), Wisconsin (3.4), California (3.1), Oregon (3.1), Massachusetts (3.0), and South Carolina (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 26 were in Ohio (+4,634), California (+3,911), Illinois (+1,496), Oregon (+817), and West Virginia (+664), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-7,492), Wisconsin (-6,835), North Carolina (-4,415), Puerto Rico (-3,972), and Indiana
(-3,792).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Aug. 2

July 26

Change

July 19

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

455,000

448,000

+7,000

403,000

318,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

381,529

375,150

+6,379

411,408

270,563

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

419,500

392,750

+26,750

381,750

312,000

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 26

July 19

Change

July 12

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,311,000

3,280,000

+31,000

3,097,000

2,553,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,175,663

3,211,067

-35,404

3,164,970

2,445,524

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,201,000

3,174,000

+27,000

3,131,750

2,549,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.3%

1.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.4%

2.4%

0.0

2.4%

1.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 26

July 19

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,071

1,307

-236

1,151

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,428

1,652

-224

1,694


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 19

July 12

Change

Year


Federal Employees

14,182

12,819

+1,363

14,568

Newly Discharged Veterans

20,897

20,551

+346

21,377

Railroad Retirement Board

2,000

2,000

0

2,000

Extended Benefits

1,483

1,777

-294

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 07/26/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MI

-7,492

 

No comment.

WI

-6,835

 

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

NC

-4,415

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation, transportation equipment, furniture, food, and textile industries.

PR

-3,972

 

No comment.

IN

-3,792

 

No comment.

TX

-3,200

 

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

TN

-2,619

 

Fewer layoffs in the apparel, transportation equipment, industrial machinery, rubber/plastics, and fabricated metals industries.

AL

-2,290

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

VA

-1,688

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NY

-1,561

 

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

GA

-1,430

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

FL

-1,400

 

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

LA

-1,178

 

No comment.

PA

-1,076

 

Fewer layoffs in the mining, primary metals, and manufacturing industries.

SC

-1,046

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IL

+1,496

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

CA

+3,911

 

Layoffs in the trade and service industries.

OH

+4,634

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current