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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 10-1350-NAT

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Tony Sznoluch (202) 693-3176

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September 30, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Sept. 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 453,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 469,000. The 4-week moving average was 458,000, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average of 464,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Sept. 18, 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 Sept. 18 was 4,457,000, a decrease of 83,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,540,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,526,750, a decrease of 5,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,532,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 370,147 in the week ending Sept. 25, a decrease of 12,176 from the previous week. There were 445,618 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending Sept. 18, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,766,450, a decrease of 169,875 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.8 percent and the volume was 5,072,855.

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 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 Sept. 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 4,170 in the week ending Sept. 18, an increase of 252 from the prior week. There were 2,811 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 1,200 from the preceding week.

There were 29,905 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Sept. 11, an increase of 3,001 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,965, a decrease of 1,668 from the prior week.

States reported 3,965,778 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Sept. 11, a decrease of 256,536 from the prior week. There were 3,312,386 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 Sept. 11 were in Puerto Rico (6.4 percent), New Jersey (4.3), Alaska (4.2), Oregon (4.2), Pennsylvania (4.2), California (4.1), Nevada (4.1), Connecticut (3.6), Illinois (3.6), and Wisconsin (3.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 18 were in California (+15,153), Illinois (+5,949), New York (+2,303), Tennessee (+2,133), and Georgia (+1,956), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-1,777), Wisconsin (-1,049), Arkansas (-426), Kansas (-357), and Nebraska (-223).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 25

Sept. 18

Change

Sept. 11

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

453,000

469,000

-16,000

453,000

546,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

370,147

382,323

-12,176

341,664

445,618

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

458,000

464,250

-6,250

466,500

546,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 18

Sept. 11

Change

Sept. 4

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,457,000

4,540,000

-83,000

4,537,000

6,010,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,766,450

3,936,325

-169,875

3,933,940

5,072,855

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,526,750

4,532,250

-5,500

4,517,000

6,056,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.5%

3.6%

-0.1

3.6%

4.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.0%

3.1%

-0.1

3.1%

3.8%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 18

Sept. 11

Change

Year


Federal Employees

4,170

3,918

+252

1,489

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,811

4,011

-1,200

2,336


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 11

Sept. 4

Change

Year


Federal Employees

29,905

26,904

+3,001

20,450

Newly Discharged Veterans

40,965

42,633

-1,668

30,754

Railroad Retirement Board

3,000

3,000

0

10,000

Extended Benefits

913,113

949,799

-36,686

675,252

EUC 20083

3,965,778

4,222,314

-256,536

3,312,386


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 09/18/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

-1,777

 

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

WI

-1,049

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

+1,123

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and furniture industries.

NC

+1,361

 

Layoffs in the industrial machinery and service industries.

OH

+1,497

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

TX

+1,852

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

NJ

+1,864

 

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

GA

+1,956

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

TN

+2,133

 

Layoffs in the apparel, industrial machinery, trade, and service industries.

NY

+2,303

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

IL

+5,949

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

CA

+15,153

 

Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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