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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 10-1723-NAT

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December 16, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Dec. 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 420,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 423,000. The 4-week moving average was 422,750, a decrease of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average of 428,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent for the week ending Dec. 4, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate of 3.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec. 4 was 4,135,000, an increase of 22,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,113,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,185,500, a decrease of 47,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,232,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 486,284 in the week ending Dec. 11, a decrease of 99,225 from the previous week. There were 555,383 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.2 percent during the week ending Dec. 4, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,031,909, a decrease of 183,602 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.9 percent and the volume was 5,192,075.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Nov. 27 was 9,191,897.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, during the week ending Nov. 27.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,968 in the week ending Dec. 4, an increase of 523 from the prior week. There were 2,876 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 1,302 from the preceding week.

There were 50,941 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Nov. 27, an increase of 7,139 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 43,927, an increase of 4,084 from the prior week.

States reported 3,854,067 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Nov. 27, an increase of 142,931 from the prior week. There were 4,218,262 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 Nov. 27 were in Alaska (6.9 percent), Oregon (5.4), Puerto Rico (5.0), Montana (4.6), Wisconsin (4.6), Idaho (4.5), Nevada (4.4), Pennsylvania (4.4), California (4.3), and New Jersey (4.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 4 were in New York (+16,863), North Carolina (+15,276), Pennsylvania (+15,174), Georgia (+15,019), and California (+13,585), while the largest decreases were in Iowa (-2,146), Idaho (-1,169), Puerto Rico (-609), Vermont (-418), and Montana (-191).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 11

Dec. 4

Change

Nov. 27

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

420,000

423,000

-3,000

438,000

490,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

486,284

585,509

-99,225

412,922

555,383

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

422,750

428,000

-5,250

431,500

481,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 4

Nov. 27

Change

Nov. 20

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,135,000

4,113,000

+22,000

4,277,000

5,320,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,031,909

4,215,511

-183,602

3,665,773

5,192,075

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,185,500

4,232,750

-47,250

4,290,250

5,412,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.3%

3.3%

0.0

3.4%

4.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.2%

3.3%

-0.1

2.9%

3.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 4

Nov. 27

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,968

2,445

+523

2,121

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,876

1,574

+1,302

2,465


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Nov. 27

Nov. 20

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

4,202,589

3,654,367

+548,222

5,377,385

Federal Employees (UCFE)

50,941

43,802

+7,139

26,242

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

43,927

39,843

+4,084

37,058

EUC 20083

3,854,067

3,711,136

+142,931

4,218,262

Extended Benefits4

977,339

795,733

+181,606

534,425

State Additional Benefits 5

7,957

4,514

+3,443

2,671

STC / Workshare 6

55,077

48,543

+6,534

99,579

TOTAL

9,191,897

8,297,938

+893,959

10,295,622


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 125,845,577 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate and the extent of benefits can be  found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 12/04/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IA

-2,146

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

ID

-1,169

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IN

+1,039

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

ME

+1,045

 

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

OK

+1,139

 

No comment.

MA

+1,158

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

MD

+1,404

 

No comment.

CO

+1,412

 

No comment.

WV

+1,584

 

No comment.

NV

+1,648

 

No comment.

LA

+1,965

 

No comment.

AZ

+2,416

 

No comment.

MN

+2,744

 

No comment.

MO

+2,919

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

CT

+3,004

 

Layoffs in the construction industry, and agriculture.

OH

+3,636

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

OR

+3,723

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.

MI

+4,247

 

No comment.

WA

+4,530

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

NJ

+4,613

 

Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

AL

+4,642

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and textile industries.

VA

+4,762

 

Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

SC

+5,528

 

Layoffs in the textile and industrial machinery industries.

FL

+6,337

 

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

TN

+6,617

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, apparel, and transportation equipment industries.

IL

+9,284

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

TX

+11,811

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

CA

+13,585

 

Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the service industry.

GA

+15,019

 

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

PA

+15,174

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.

NC

+15,276

 

Layoffs in the service, furniture, textile, lumber/wood, fabricated metals, and transportation equipment industries.

NY

+16,863

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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