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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-1299-NAT

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October 29, 2009

(202) 693-4676

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Oct. 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 530,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 531,000. The 4-week moving average was 526,250, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 532,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent for the week ending Oct. 17, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 17 was 5,797,000, a decrease of 148,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,945,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,960,750, a decrease of 78,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,039,500.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 492,456 in the week ending Oct. 24, an increase of 32,026 from the previous week. There were 449,389 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.8 percent during the week ending Oct. 17, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,968,019, an increase of 51,445 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,233,118.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Oct. 10.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,895 in the week ending Oct. 17, a decrease of 337 from the prior week. There were 2,417 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 231 from the preceding week.

There were 21,217 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 10, an increase of 1,096 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 33,081, an increase of 2,343 from the prior week.

States reported 3,368,909 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 10, a decrease of 21,713 from the prior week. There were 1,050,369 claimants in the comparable week in 2008. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Oct. 10 were in Puerto Rico (6.3 percent), Nevada (5.3), Oregon (5.3), Pennsylvania (5.0), Wisconsin (4.8), Arkansas (4.6), California (4.6), Michigan (4.6), North Carolina (4.5), and South Carolina (4.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 17 were in California (+5,774), Puerto Rico (+685), Minnesota (+614), Nevada (+366), and Nebraska (+239), while the largest decreases were in Wisconsin (-5,681), New York (-4,711), Pennsylvania (-4,033), Illinois (-3,870), and Oregon
(-2,706).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 24

Oct. 17

Change

Oct. 10

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

530,000

531,000

-1,000

520,000

485,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

492,456

460,430

+32,026

509,730

449,389

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

526,250

532,250

-6,000

533,000

477,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 17

Oct. 10

Change

Oct. 3

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

5,797,000

5,945,000

-148,000

6,034,000

3,773,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,968,019

4,916,574

+51,445

4,953,947

3,233,118

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

5,960,750

6,039,500

-78,750

6,093,250

3,746,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

4.4%

4.5%

-0.1

4.6%

2.8%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.8%

3.7%

+0.1

3.8%

2.4%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 17

Oct. 10

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,895

2,232

-337

1,363

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,417

2,648

-231

1,512


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 10

Oct. 3

Change

Year


Federal Employees

21,217

20,121

+1,096

14,006

Newly Discharged Veterans

33,081

30,738

+2,343

22,890

Railroad Retirement Board

9,000

9,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

526,704

576,057

-49,353

8,049

EUC 20083

3,368,909

3,390,622

-21,713

1,050,369


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 131,823,421 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 10/17/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

WI

-5,681

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.

NY

-4,711

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and public administration industries.

PA

-4,033

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and transportation equipment industries.

IL

-3,870

 

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

OR

-2,706

 

No comment.

AR

-2,504

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.

NJ

-2,461

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.

KY

-2,366

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TX

-2,343

 

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

GA

-2,305

 

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

IN

-2,008

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

MD

-1,817

 

No comment.

OH

-1,721

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

MO

-1,718

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.

FL

-1,644

 

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

NC

-1,440

 

Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery, computer equipment, textile, and lumber /wood industries.

WA

-1,214

 

No comment.

KS

-1,205

 

No comment.

MI

-1,158

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+5,774

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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