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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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September 20, 2012

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending September 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 382,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 385,000. The 4-week moving average was 377,750, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 375,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending September 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 8 was 3,272,000, a decrease of 32,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,304,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,309,750, a decrease of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,321,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 327,797 in the week ending September 15, an increase of 28,068 from the previous week. There were 353,820 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending September 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,925,518, a decrease of 5,307 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,306,720.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 1 was 5,173,597, a decrease of 217,823 from the previous week. There were 6,887,930 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011

Extended Benefits were not available in any states during the week ending September 1.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 962 in the week ending September 8, a decrease of 259 from the prior week. There were 2,715 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 175 from the preceding week.

There were 16,610 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending September 1, a decrease of 823 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,093, a decrease of 1,308 from the prior week.

States reported 2,162,532 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending September 1, a decrease of 60,539 from the prior week. There were 2,997,259 persons claiming EUC 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 September 1 were in Puerto Rico (4.1), New Jersey (3.6), Alaska (3.5), Pennsylvania (3.5), Connecticut (3.3), California (3.1), New York (3.0), Nevada (2.9), Oregon (2.8), and Massachusetts (2.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 8 were in Louisiana (+6,678), Puerto Rico (+1,679), Mississippi (+1,067), Wisconsin (+988), and Washington (+833), while the largest decreases were in California (-8,163), New York (-3,449), Michigan (-2,115), Pennsylvania
(-1,624), and Iowa (-1,214).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance September 15

September 8

Change

September 1

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

382,000

385,000

-3,000

367,000

417,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

327,797

299,729

+28,068

309,537

353,820

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

377,750

375,750

+2,000

371,750

414,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance September 8

September 1

Change

August 25

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,272,000

3,304,000

-32,000

3,332,000

3,720,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,925,518

2,930,825

-5,307

3,085,324

3,306,720

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,309,750

3,321,750

-12,000

3,324,000

3,723,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0%

2.6%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0%

2.4%

2.6%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

September 8

September 1

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

962

1,221

-259

1,561

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,715

2,540

+175

2,492


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

September 1

August 25

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,923,959

3,078,000

-154,041

3,283,381

Federal Employees (UCFE)

16,610

17,433

-823

23,522

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

37,093

38,401

-1,308

37,366

EUC 20083

2,162,532

2,223,071

-60,539

2,997,259

Extended Benefits4

2,407

2,597

-190

505,975

State Additional Benefits 5

5,583

5,452

+131

4,160

STC / Workshare 6

25,413

26,466

-1,053

36,267

TOTAL

5,173,597

5,391,420

-217,823

6,887,930

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 09/8/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-8,163

 

Shortened work week due to holiday.

NY

-3,449

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, food service, and retail trade industries.

MI

-2,115

 

No comment.

PA

-1,624

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, transportation, health care and social service, entertainment, lodging and food service, professional, scientific and technology service industries.

IA

-1,214

 

No comment.

NV

-1,082

 

No comment.

TX

-1,017

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing and administrative support service industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

LA

+6,678

 

Business closures due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

PR

+1,679

 

Office closures due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

MS

+1,067

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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