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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-1823-NAT

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January 5, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 372,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 387,000. The 4-week moving average was 373,250, a decrease of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average of 376,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent for the week ending December 24, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 24, was 3,595,000, a decrease of 22,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,617,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,601,750, a decrease of 1,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,602,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 535,112 in the week ending December 31, an increase of 37,423 from the previous week. There were 578,904 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending December 24, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,764,364, an increase of 150,906 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.5 percent and the volume was 4,415,512.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 17 was 7,223,203, a decrease of 8,311 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, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending December 17.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,092 in the week ending December 24, an increase of 215 from the prior week. There were 2,332 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 1,565 from the preceding week.

There were 30,777 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 17, an increase of 273 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,352, a decrease of 883 from the prior week.

States reported 2,932,561 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 17, an increase of 6,426 from the prior week. There were 3,577,663 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 December 17 were in Alaska (6.5), Puerto Rico (4.3), Oregon (4.2), Pennsylvania (4.0), Idaho (3.8), Montana (3.8), California (3.7), Nevada (3.7), Wisconsin (3.7), Illinois (3.6), New Jersey (3.6), and Rhode Island (3.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 24 were in California (+16,490), Pennsylvania (+6,764), Michigan (+5,632), Kentucky (+5,263), and Indiana (+5,084) while the largest decreases were in Georgia (-1,105), Texas (-876), Louisiana (-696), South Carolina (-685), and Puerto Rico (-676).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 31

Dec. 24

Change

Dec. 17

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

372,000

387,000

-15,000

366,000

418,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

535,112

497,689

+37,423

421,103

578,904

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

373,250

376,500

-3,250

380,750

418,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 24

Dec. 17

Change

Dec. 10

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,595,000

3,617,000

-22,000

3,567,000

4,127,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,764,364

3,613,458

+150,906

3,628,110

4,415,512

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,601,750

3,602,750

-1,000

3,637,750

4,131,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.8%

2.9%

-0.1

2.8%

3.3%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.0%

2.9%

+0.1

2.9%

3.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 24

Dec. 17

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,092

1,877

+215

2,230

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,332

3,897

-1,565

1,834


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 17

Dec. 10

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,603,539

3,611,966

-8,427

4,103,984

Federal Employees (UCFE)

30,777

30,504

+273

47,113

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

42,352

43,235

-883

40,568

EUC 20083

2,932,561

2,926,135

+6,426

3,577,663

Extended Benefits4

570,791

571,848

-1,057

958,537

State Additional Benefits 5

4,524

4,738

-214

6,976

STC / Workshare 6

38,659

43,088

-4,429

52,918

TOTAL

7,223,203

7,231,514

-8,311

8,787,759


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 126,188,733 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 paid, 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 12/17/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

GA

-1,105

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+16,490

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

PA

+6,764

 

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

MI

+5,636

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

KY

+5,263

 

No comment.

IN

+5,084

 

layoffs in the manufacturing, service, and construction industries.

IL

+4,206

 

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

OH

+4,084

 

Layoffs in the transportation, manufacturing, and construction industries.

NJ

+3,838

 

Layoffs in the educational service industry.

WI

+3,580

 

No comment.

MO

+3,236

 

Layoffs in the service, manufacturing, transportation, and warehousing industries.

IA

+2,610

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

OR

+2,192

 

No comment.

KS

+2,027

 

No comment.

WA

+2,025

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, transportation, and warehousing industries.

MD

+1,901

 

No comment.

CT

+1,566

 

No comment.

TN

+1,212

 

Layoffs in the service, manufacturing, and construction industries.

NC

+1,040

 

Layoffs in the construction, textile, electronic, and transportation industries.

MN

+1,021

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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