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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 10-1100-NAT

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August 12, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Aug. 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 484,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 482,000. The 4-week moving average was 473,500, an increase of 14,250 from the previous week's revised average of 459,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending July 31, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 31 was 4,452,000, a decrease of 118,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,570,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,518,500, a decrease of 64,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,583,000.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.018 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 420,997 in the week ending Aug. 7, an increase of 18,862 from the previous week. There were 482,590 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending July 31, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,296,612, a decrease of 154,102 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.4 percent and the volume was 5,896,062.

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, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending July 24.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,247 in the week ending July 31, a decrease of 69 from the prior week. There were 2,668 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 122 from the preceding week.

There were 23,114 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 24, an increase of 239 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 43,411, an increase of 724 from the prior week.

States reported 4,493,351 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 24, an increase of 1,158,473 from the prior week. There were 2,867,229 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 July 24 were in Puerto Rico (6.8 percent), Pennsylvania (4.9), California (4.7), Oregon (4.7), New Jersey (4.6), Alaska (4.4), Connecticut (4.4), Nevada (4.4), Wisconsin (4.2), and Rhode Island (4.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 31 were in Wisconsin (+1,901), Georgia (+1,738), Pennsylvania (+1,536), Ohio (+1,188), and New York (+1,159), while the largest decreases were in Indiana (-4,377), Florida (-3,816), Tennessee (-2,465), Illinois (-2,056), and Kentucky (-1,567).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Aug. 7

July 31

Change

July 24

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

484,000

482,000

+2,000

460,000

557,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

420,997

402,135

+18,862

413,678

482,590

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

473,500

459,250

+14,250

453,250

564,500

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 31

July 24

Change

July 17

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,452,000

4,570,000

-118,000

4,568,000

6,123,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,296,612

4,450,714

-154,102

4,568,163

5,896,062

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,518,500

4,583,000

-64,500

4,549,000

6,143,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.5%

3.6%

-0.1

3.6%

4.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.4%

3.5%

-0.1

3.6%

4.4%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 31

July 24

Change

Year


Federal Employees

3,247

3,316

-69

1,368

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,668

2,790

-122

2,020


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 24

July 17

Change

Year


Federal Employees

23,114

22,875

+239

19,568

Newly Discharged Veterans

43,411

42,687

+724

30,340

Railroad Retirement Board

4,000

4,000

0

10,000

Extended Benefits

788,128

607,748

+180,380

544,640

EUC 20083

4,493,351

3,334,878

+1,158,473

2,867,229


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 126,763,245 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/31/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IN

-4,377

 

No comment.

FL

-3,816

 

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

TN

-2,465

 

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

IL

-2,056

 

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

KY

-1,567

 

No comment

MO

-1,530

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

CA

-1,265

 

No comment.

PR

-1,207

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NJ

+1,124

 

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

NY

+1,159

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

OH

+1,188

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

PA

+1,536

 

Layoffs in the trade and service industries.

GA

+1,738

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

WI

+1,901

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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