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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 10-172-NAT

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February 11, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Feb. 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 440,000, a decrease of 43,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 483,000. The 4-week moving average was 468,500, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised average of 469,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Jan. 30, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 30 was 4,538,000, a decrease of 79,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,617,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,603,500, a decrease of 17,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,621,250.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.322 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 504,661 in the week ending Feb. 6, a decrease of 28,640 from the previous week. There were 710,152 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the week ending Jan. 30, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,659,505, a decrease of 24,352 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.4 percent and the volume was 5,953,114.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Jan. 23.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,569 in the week ending Jan. 30, an increase of 89 from the prior week. There were 2,242 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 375 from the preceding week.

There were 25,878 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 23, a decrease of 289 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,423, an increase of 1,646 from the prior week.

States reported 5,447,592 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 23, a decrease of 184,627 from the prior week. There were 1,805,007 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 23 were in Alaska (7.5 percent), Oregon (6.7), Idaho (6.5), Wisconsin (6.4), Puerto Rico (6.3), Montana (6.2), Pennsylvania (6.2), Nevada (5.9), Michigan (5.8), and Rhode Island (5.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 30 were in Pennsylvania (+10,495), Illinois (+3,062), North Carolina (+2,868), Georgia (+2,803), and Missouri (+2,677), while the largest decreases were in New Jersey (-1,819), Kansas (-1,600), Connecticut (-1,282), Virginia (-1,227), and Puerto Rico (-911).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 6

Jan. 30

Change

Jan. 23

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

440,000

483,000

-43,000

472,000

617,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

504,661

533,301

-28,640

502,710

710,152

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

468,500

469,500

-1,000

457,000

601,500

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 30

Jan. 23

Change

Jan. 16

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,538,000

4,617,000

-79,000

4,600,000

4,755,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,659,505

5,683,857

-24,352

5,602,357

5,953,114

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,603,500

4,621,250

-17,750

4,668,750

4,688,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.5%

3.5%

0.0

3.5%

3.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.3%

4.4%

-0.1

4.3%

4.4%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 30

Jan. 23

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,569

1,480

+89

1,629

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,242

1,867

+375

2,048


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 23

Jan. 16

Change

Year


Federal Employees

25,878

26,167

-289

20,211

Newly Discharged Veterans

37,423

35,777

+1,646

27,936

Railroad Retirement Board

12,000

12,000

0

9,000

Extended Benefits

236,041

222,833

+13,208

17,296

EUC 20083

5,447,592

5,632,219

-184,627

1,805,007


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 130,128,328 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/30/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NJ

-1,819

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.

KS

-1,600

 

No comment.

CT

-1,282

 

No comment.

VA

-1,227

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IA

+1,008

 

No comment.

TX

+1,123

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, finance, and manufacturing industries.

FL

+1,745

 

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

OH

+1,950

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

CA

+1,996

 

No comment.

WI

+2,429

 

Layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.

MO

+2,677

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

GA

+2,803

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

NC

+2,868

 

Layoffs in the construction, apparel, stone/clay/glass, and lumber/wood industries.

IL

+3,062

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

PA

+10,495

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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