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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 08-1641-NAT

 

 

 

 

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November 13, 2008

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 516,000, an increase of 32,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 484,000. The 4-week moving average was 491,000, an increase of 13,250 from the previous week's revised average of 477,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending Nov. 1, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 1 was 3,897,000, an increase of 65,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,832,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,794,250, an increase of 43,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,751,250.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 539,868 in the week ending Nov. 8, an increase of 73,527 from the previous week. There were 351,760 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending Nov. 1, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,452,619, an increase of 141,541 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.7 percent and the volume was 2,292,297.

Extended benefits were available in North Carolina and Rhode Island during the week ending Oct 25.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,459 in the week ending Nov. 1, an increase of 92 from the prior week. There were 1,608 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 154 from the preceding week.

There were 14,511 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 25, an increase of 84 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 23,407, an increase of 350 from the prior week.

States reported 756,683 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 25, a decrease of 16,366 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Oct. 25 were in Puerto Rico (5.1 percent), Oregon (3.7), Nevada (3.6), Michigan (3.5), California (3.4), New Jersey (3.3), South Carolina (3.3), Pennsylvania (3.2), Arkansas (3.1), Alaska (3.0), and North Carolina (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 1 were in Ohio (+3,885), Michigan (+2,619), Pennsylvania (+2,155), Wisconsin (+2,119), and Arizona (+1,692), while the largest decreases were in California (-3,603), Florida (-2,327), Nevada (-943), South Carolina (-824), and Indiana (-621).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 8

Nov. 1

Change

Oct. 25

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

516,000

484,000

+32,000

485,000

338,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

539,868

466,341

+73,527

449,389

351,760

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

491,000

477,750

+13,250

477,000

331,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 1

Oct. 25

Change

Oct. 18

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,897,000

3,832,000

+65,000

3,721,000

2,587,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,452,619

3,311,078

+141,541

3,233,118

2,292,297

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,794,250

3,751,250

+43,000

3,711,000

2,580,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.9%

2.9%

0.0

2.8%

2.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.5%

+0.1

2.4%

1.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 1

Oct. 25

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,459

1,367

+92

1,467

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,608

1,762

-154

1,698


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 25

Oct. 18

Change

Year


Federal Employees

14,511

14,427

+84

15,534

Newly Discharged Veterans

23,407

23,057

+350

23,352

Railroad Retirement Board

3,000

3,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

111

675

-564

0

EUC 2008

756,683

773,049

-16,366

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 133,902,387 as denominator.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 11/01/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-3,603

 

No comment.

FL

-2,327

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TN

+1,018

 

Layoffs in the transportation equipment, electrical equipment, industrial machinery, textile, service, and manufacturing industries.

AL

+1,088

 

Layoffs in the electrical equipment and manufacturing industries.

TX

+1,201

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

WA

+1,202

 

Layoffs in the construction industry, and agriculture.

AR

+1,360

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

AZ

+1,692

 

No comment.

WI

+2,119

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.

PA

+2,155

 

Layoffs in the mining, construction, service, and printing/publishing industries.

MI

+2,619

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

OH

+3,885

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current