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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 13-0108-NAT

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January 24, 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 330,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 335,000. The 4-week moving average was 351,750, a decrease of 8,250 from the previous week's revised average of 360,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending January 12, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 12 was 3,157,000, a decrease of 71,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,228,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,197,500, a decrease of 12,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,209,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 436,766 in the week ending January 19, a decrease of 119,944 from the previous week. There were 416,880 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending January 12, a decrease 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 3,690,615, a decrease of 177,080 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,069,651.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 5 was 5,659,760, a decrease of 214,076 from the previous week. There were 7,670,108 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending January 5.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,354 in the week ending January 12, an increase of 578 from the prior week. There were 3,037 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 659 from the preceding week.

There were 22,166 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 5, a decrease of 571 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,567, an increase of 1,425 from the prior week.

States reported 1,693,797 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 5, a decrease of 365,641 from the prior week. There were 2,922,533 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 5 were in Alaska (6.6), Pennsylvania (4.8), Puerto Rico (4.5), New Jersey (4.4), Oregon (4.3), Wisconsin (4.3), Connecticut (4.2), Michigan (4.2), Montana (4.2), and Rhode Island (4.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 12 were in Texas (+12,786), California (+10,232), Florida (+7,314), Indiana (+4,266), and New Jersey (+3,570), while the largest decreases were in New York (-27,487), Georgia (-7,520), North Carolina (-5,541), Alabama (-4,245), and Wisconsin (-3,183).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 19

Jan. 12

Change

Jan. 5

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

330,000

335,000

-5,000

375,000

372,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

436,766

556,710

-119,944

557,798

416,880

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

351,750

360,000

-8,250

366,750

377,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 12

Jan. 5

Change

Dec. 29

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,157,000

3,228,000

-71,000

3,169,000

3,551,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,690,615

3,867,695

-177,080

3,730,146

4,069,651

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,197,500

3,209,750

-12,250

3,212,250

3,565,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.5%

2.8%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.9%

3.0%

-0.1

2.9%

3.2%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 12

Jan. 5

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,354

1,776

+578

2,287

Newly Discharged Veterans

3,037

2,378

+659

3,044


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 5

Dec. 29

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,857,246

3,725,033

+132,213

4,099,229

Federal Employees (UCFE)

22,166

22,737

-571

30,794

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

40,567

39,142

+1,425

43,046

EUC 20083

1,693,797

2,059,438

-365,641

2,922,533

Extended Benefits4

1,197

1,143

+54

531,507

State Additional Benefits 5

5,709

5,095

+614

3,803

STC / Workshare 6

39,078

21,248

+17,830

39,196

TOTAL

5,659,760

5,873,836

-214,076

7,670,108

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 128,613,913 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 1/12/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-27,487

 

Fewer layoffs in transportation, construction, and educational service industries.

GA

-7,520

 

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

NC

-5,541

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile, business service, construction, electronic, rubber and plastic products, lumber and wood products, transportation and warehousing, food and kindred products,wholesale, and mining industries.

AL

-4,245

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile, construction, furniture and related products, and manufacturing industry.

WI

-3,183

 

No comment.

SC

-2,686

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MI

-2,393

 

Fewer layoffs in the finance and insurance industry.

OH

-2,128

 

No comment.

MA

-1,767

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and finance industries.

MN

-1,586

 

No comment.

IA

-1,186

 

Decline in initial claims due to decrease in temporary layoffs caused by holiday.

AR

-1,099

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TX

+12,786

 

No comment.

CA

+10,232

 

Layoffs in the service, agriculture, forestry, fishing industries.

FL

+7,314

 

Layoffs in the construction, services, agriculture, manufacturing, trade, and retail industries.

IN

+4,266

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, retail, and administrative and support service industries.

NJ

+3,570

 

Layoffs in the trade, healthcare and social assistance, and administrative support industries.

PR

+2,674

 

No comment.

NM

+2,125

 

No comment.

AK

+1,972

 

No comment.

CO

+1,762

 

No comment.

WV

+1,646

 

No comment.

AZ

+1,535

 

No comment.

IL

+1,521

 

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

NV

+1,306

 

Increase is a result of processing claims from prior week due to the holiday.

LA

+1,230

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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