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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-1161-NAT

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August 4, 2011

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 400,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 401,000. The 4-week moving average was 407,750, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 414,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending July 23, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 23 was 3,730,000, an increase of 10,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,720,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,729,750, an increase of 4,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,725,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 339,348 in the week ending July 30, a decrease of 29,939 from the previous week. There were 402,140 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending July 23, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,663,134, a decrease of 89,947 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.5 percent and the volume was 4,438,886.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 16 was 7,570,439, a decrease of 75,192 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, 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, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia during the week ending July 16.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,737 in the week ending July 23, a decrease of 146 from the prior week. There were 2,704 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 65 from the preceding week.

There were 25,709 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 16, an increase of 748 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,707, a decrease of 593 from the prior week.

States reported 3,184,621 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 16, an increase of 12,193 from the prior week. There were 3,332,029 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 16 were in Puerto Rico (5.0), Pennsylvania (4.5), California (4.0), New Jersey (4.0), Alaska (3.9) Oregon (3.9), Connecticut (3.8), Rhode Island (3.8), Nevada (3.7) and Arizona (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 23 were in Maine (+77), Wyoming (+34), North Dakota (+30), New Mexico (+13), and South Dakota (+3) while the largest decreases were in California (-23,689), New York (-8,037), North Carolina (-7,511), Georgia (-6,399), and South Carolina (-5,837).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance July 30

July 23

Change

July 16

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

400,000

401,000

-1,000

422,000

474,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

339,348

369,287

-29,939

470,077

402,140

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

407,750

414,500

-6,750

422,250

459,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance July 23

July 16

Change

July 9

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,730,000

3,720,000

+10,000

3,720,000

4,534,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,663,134

3,753,081

-89,947

3,783,316

4,438,886

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,729,750

3,725,250

+4,500

3,726,250

4,545,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.0

3.0

0.0

3.0

3.6

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.9

3.0

-0.1

3.0

3.5


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 23

July 16

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,737

1,883

-146

3,316

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,704

2,639

65

2,790


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 16

July 9

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,742,783

3,771,753

-28,970

4,539,726

Federal Employees (UCFE)

25,709

24,961

748

22,875

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

37,707

38,300

-593

42,687

EUC 20083

3,184,621

3,172,428

12,193

3,332,029

Extended Benefits4

533,450

587,685

-54,235

624,593

State Additional Benefits 5

4,862

4,805

57

4,656

STC / Workshare 6

41,307

45,699

-4,392

58,627

TOTAL

7,570,439

7,645,631

-75,192

8,625,193


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 125,807,389 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 07/23/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-23,689

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

NY

-8,037

 

Fewer layoffs in the education related services, transportation, and construction industries.

NC

-7,511

 

Fewer layoffs in the furniture and fixtures, textile, lumber, and construction industries.

GA

-6,399

 

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

SC

-5,837

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

FL

-5,432

 

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

MI

-5,188

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AL

-4,830

 

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

KY

-4,113

 

No comment.

NJ

-3,300

 

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

MN

-3,106

 

Fewer furloughs in state government.

IN

-2,862

 

No comment.

OH

-2,256

 

No comment.

MO

-1,875

 

Fewer layoff in the manufacturing industry.

PA

-1,482

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

WI

-1,387

 

No comment.

MA

-1,320

 

Seasonal decreases in all industries.

VA

-1,308

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

None

 

 

 

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