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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 10-1787-NAT

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December 30, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Dec. 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 388,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 422,000. The 4-week moving average was 414,000, a decrease of 12,500 from the previous week's revised average of 426,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent for the week ending Dec. 18, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.2 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec.18 was 4,128,000, an increase of 57,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,071,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,120,000, a decrease of 37,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,157,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 521,834 in the week ending Dec. 25, an increase of 24,879 from the previous week. There were 556,517 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent during the week ending Dec. 18, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,095,135, a decrease of 85,886 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.9 percent and the volume was 5,088,864.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Dec. 4 was 8,866,924.

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 Dec. 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,538 in the week ending Dec. 18, a decrease of 744 from the prior week. There were 2,494 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 92 from the preceding week.

There were 58,174 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 11, an increase of 10,596 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 43,215, an increase of 1,039 from the prior week.

States reported 3,711,288 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Dec. 11, a decrease of 77,741 from the prior week. There were 4,869,540 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 Dec. 11 were in Alaska (7.3 percent), Puerto Rico (5.1), Montana (4.8), Oregon (4.8), Pennsylvania (4.6), Idaho (4.5), California (4.4), Nevada (4.3), New Jersey (4.2), and Wisconsin (4.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 18 were in New Jersey (+5,235), Michigan (+3,087), Missouri (+2,404), Florida (+2,281), and Oregon (+2,026), while the largest decreases were in California (-7,656), Illinois (-3,149), Georgia (-1,935), Pennsylvania (-1,574), and Texas (-1,494).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 25

Dec. 18

Change

Dec. 11

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

388,000

422,000

-34,000

423,000

454,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

521,834

496,955

+24,879

490,276

556,517

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

414,000

426,500

-12,500

423,500

474,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 18

Dec. 11

Change

Dec. 4

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,128,000

4,071,000

+57,000

4,167,000

5,151,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,095,135

4,181,021

-85,886

4,062,518

5,088,864

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,120,000

4,157,250

-37,250

4,193,750

5,240,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.3%

3.2%

+0.1

3.3%

3.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.3%

3.3%

0.0

3.2%

3.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 18

Dec. 11

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,538

3,282

-744

1,780

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,494

2,586

-92

2,297


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 11

Dec. 4

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

4,181,021

4,062,518

+118,503

5,345,467

Federal Employees (UCFE)

58,174

47,578

+10,596

26,474

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

43,215

42,176

+1,039

37,570

EUC 20083

3,711,288

3,789,029

-77,741

4,869,540

Extended Benefits4

819,269

893,016

-73,747

398,003

State Additional Benefits 5

6,669

4,931

+1,738

2,744

STC / Workshare 6

47,288

63,030

-15,742

108,108

TOTAL

8,866,924

8,902,278

-35,354

10,787,906


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 12/18/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-7,656

 

Fewer layoffs in agriculture.

IL

-3,149

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

GA

-1,935

 

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

PA

-1,574

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and industrial machinery industries.

TX

-1,494

 

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

TN

-1,384

 

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

WV

-1,302

 

No comment.

SC

-1,240

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OH

+1,455

 

Layoffs in the automobile and primary metals industries.

WA

+1,526

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

OK

+1,591

 

No comment.

KY

+1,703

 

No comment.

OR

+2,026

 

No comment.

FL

+2,281

 

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

MO

+2,404

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

MI

+3,087

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

NJ

+5,235

 

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

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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