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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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July 26, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 353,000, a decrease of 35,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 388,000. The 4-week moving average was 367,250, a decrease of 8,750 from the previous week's revised average of 376,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending July 14, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 14 was 3,287,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,317,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,309,000, a decrease of 3,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,312,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 337,059 in the week ending July 21, a decrease of 118,201 from the previous week. There were 369,207 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending July 14, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,333,287, a decrease of 26,780 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,752,532.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 7 was 6,034,225, an increase of 280,405 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in the Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, during the week ending July 7.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,658 in the week ending July 14, a decrease of 52 from the prior week. There were 2,776 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 497 from the preceding week.

There were 16,975 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 7, an increase of 509 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,046, an increase of 1,527 from the prior week.

States reported 2,556,456 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 7, an increase of 32,093 from the prior week. There were 3,172,428 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 7 were in the Virgin Islands (4.7), Puerto Rico (4.1), New Jersey (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.9), Connecticut (3.7), Alaska (3.7), Rhode Island (3.5), California (3.4), Wisconsin (3.4), and Oregon (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 14 were in California (+26,244), North Carolina (+11,948), Georgia (+8,372), Alabama (+4,148), and Oregon (+3,019), while the largest decreases were in New York (-10,794), Michigan (-7,453), Kentucky (-4,904), Pennsylvania (-4,186), and Ohio (-3,120).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance July 21

July 14

Change

July 7

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

353,000

388,000

-35,000

352,000

402,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

337,059

455,260

-118,201

442,192

369,207

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

367,250

376,000

-8,750

377,000

413,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance July 14

July 7

Change

June 30

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,287,000

3,317,000

-30,000

3,314,000

3,715,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,333,287

3,360,067

-26,780

3,112,199

3,752,532

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,309,000

3,312,750

-3,750

3,311,000

3,724,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.4%

3.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 14

July 7

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,658

1,710

-52

1,883

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,776

2,279

+497

2,639


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 7

June 30

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,353,053

3,105,573

+247,480

3,771,753

Federal Employees (UCFE)

16,975

16,466

+509

24,961

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,046

37,519

+1,527

38,300

EUC 20083

2,556,456

2,524,363

+32,093

3,172,428

Extended Benefits4

36,127

41,113

-4,986

585,172

State Additional Benefits 5

4,791

4,773

+18

4,805

STC / Workshare 6

27,777

24,013

+3,764

45,699

TOTAL

6,034,225

5,753,820

+280,405

7,643,118


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 127,495,952 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 07/14/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-10,794

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, utility, and educational service industries.

MI

-7,453

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

KY

-4,904

 

No comment.

PA

-4,186

 

Fewer layoffs in the professional, scientific, and technology, fabricated metal products manufacturing, and construction industries.

OH

-3,120

 

No comment.

IA

-2,767

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IN

-2,198

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IL

-2,056

 

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

NJ

-1,425

 

Fewer layoffs in the health care & social assistance, education, accommodation & food service, and manufacturing and transportation services.

KS

-1,393

 

No comment.

WI

-1,332

 

No comment.

WA

-1,309

 

No comment.

MA

-1,210

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AR

-1,204

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+26,244

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

NC

+11,948

 

Layoffs in the transportation equipment, textile mill products, furniture & fixtures, and heavy construction industries.

GA

+8,372

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative & support services, trade, construction, and accommodation & food services industries.

AL

+4,148

 

Layoffs in the transportation equipment manufacturing, construction, and fabricated metal manufacturing industries.

OR

+3,019

 

No comment.

SC

+2,796

 

Layoffs in the fabricated metal products manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, and transportation equipment manufacturing industries.

TN

+1,770

 

Layoffs in the administrative & support services, plastic & rubber products manufacturing, and transportation equipment manufacturing industries.

VA

+1,237

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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