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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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January 28, 2010

(202) 693-4676

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 470,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 478,000. The 4-week moving average was 456,250, an increase of 9,500 from the previous week's revised average of 446,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 16 was 4,602,000, a decrease of 57,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,659,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,669,250, a decrease of 94,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,763,500.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.404 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 500,392 in the week ending Jan. 23, a decrease of 145,417 from the previous week. There were 620,143 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,605,729, a decrease of 185,351 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.3 percent and the volume was 5,715,432.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, 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 Jan. 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,950 in the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 505 from the prior week. There were 2,412 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 73 from the preceding week.

There were 26,226 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 9, a decrease of 1,548 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,836, an increase of 978 from the prior week.

States reported 5,350,477 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 9, a decrease of 304,067 from the prior week. There were 1,766,009 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 9 were in Alaska (7.4 percent), Oregon (6.8), Wisconsin (6.6), Idaho (6.4), Michigan (6.4), Montana (6.0), Pennsylvania (6.0), Nevada (5.7), Connecticut (5.5), North Carolina (5.5), and Washington (5.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 16 were in California (+43,748), Florida (+2,345), West Virginia (+1,460), Iowa (+937), and Puerto Rico (+415), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-25,819), New York (-22,173), North Carolina (-17,265), Wisconsin (-13,614), and Georgia (-12,452).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 23

Jan. 16

Change

Jan. 9

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

470,000

478,000

-8,000

444,000

590,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

500,392

645,809

-145,417

802,573

620,143

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

456,250

446,750

+9,500

440,750

547,000

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 16

Jan. 9

Change

Jan. 2

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,602,000

4,659,000

-57,000

4,609,000

4,673,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,605,729

5,791,080

-185,351

6,004,895

5,715,432

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,669,250

4,763,500

-94,250

4,858,250

4,566,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.5%

3.6%

-0.1

3.5%

3.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.3%

4.5%

-0.2

4.6%

4.3%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 16

Jan. 9

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,950

2,455

-505

1,838

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,412

2,485

-73

2,221


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 9

Jan. 2

Change

Year


Federal Employees

26,226

27,774

-1,548

20,255

Newly Discharged Veterans

37,836

36,858

+978

27,261

Railroad Retirement Board

12,000

12,000

0

8,000

Extended Benefits

261,962

263,016

-1,054

12,472

EUC 20083

5,350,477

5,654,544

-304,067

1,766,009


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 130,128,328 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/16/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

-25,819

 

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

NY

-22,173

 

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

NC

-17,265

 

Fewer layoffs in the service, textile, furniture, primary metals, fabricated metals, rubber/plastics, lumber/wood, electrical equipment, and electronic equipment industries.

WI

-13,614

 

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

GA

-12,452

 

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

SC

-8,660

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NJ

-8,567

 

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

TX

-8,054

 

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

OH

-6,969

 

No comment.

IL

-6,465

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.

VA

-6,373

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

MO

-5,749

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

KY

-5,023

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AL

-4,749

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MN

-4,733

 

No comment.

TN

-4,564

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

KS

-4,496

 

No comment.

MI

-4,381

 

No comment.

IN

-3,683

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade industry.

OR

-3,378

 

No comment.

CT

-3,242

 

No comment.

MA

-3,229

 

No comment.

WA

-2,928

 

No comment.

MD

-2,403

 

No comment.

AR

-2,148

 

No comment.

LA

-1,538

 

No comment.

CO

-1,454

 

No comment.

MS

-1,296

 

No comment.

ND

-1,163

 

No comment.

NE

-1,025

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

WV

+1,460

 

Layoffs in the service and information industries.

FL

+2,345

 

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

CA

+43,748

 

State clearing claims backlog.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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