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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-1078-NAT

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Tony Sznoluch (202) 693-3176

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July 21, 2011

(202) 693-4676

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

Special Factor: Minnesota has indicated that approximately 1,750 of their reported initial claims are a result of state employees filing due to the state government shutdown.

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 418,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 408,000. The 4-week moving average was 421,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 424,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending July 9, a 0.1 percentage point decrease from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 9 was 3,698,000, a decrease of 50,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,748,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,720,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,724,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 464,865 in the week ending July 16, a decrease of 9,022 from the previous week. There were 502,065 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending July 9, a 0.2 percentage point increase from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,761,025, an increase of 226,332 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.6 percent and the volume was 4,562,782.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 2 was 7,325,198, a decrease of 159,696 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, 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, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia during the week ending July 2.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,563 in the week ending July 9, an increase of 528 from the prior week. There were 2,445 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 255 from the preceding week.

There were 24,220 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 2, an increase of 712 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,263, a decrease of 916 from the prior week.

States reported 3,153,982 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 2, a decrease of 80,133 from the prior week. There were 3,509,073 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 2 were in Puerto Rico (4.9), Pennsylvania (4.1), Alaska (3.9), New Jersey (3.8), Oregon (3.8), Connecticut (3.7), Nevada (3.5), Rhode Island (3.5), California (3.4), Arizona (3.3), and Illinois (3.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 9 were in New York (+20,599), Minnesota (+9,681), Michigan (+9,030), Florida (+7,544), and Ohio (+5,839) while the largest decreases were in California (-15,751), New Jersey (-7,486), Massachusetts (-3,008), Illinois (-1,399), and Connecticut (-1,316).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance July 16

July 9

Change

July 2

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

418,000

408,000

+10,000

427,000

466,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

464,865

473,887

-9,022

425,640

502,065

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

421,250

424,000

-2,750

427,000

459,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance July 9

July 2

Change

June 25

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,698,000

3,748,000

-50,000

3,712,000

4,482,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,761,025

3,534,693

+226,332

3,555,831

4,562,782

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,720,500

3,724,500

-4,000

3,713,000

4,544,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.9

3.0

-0.1

3.0

3.5

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.0

2.8

+0.2

2.8

3.6


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 9

July 2

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,563

2,035

528

3,200

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,445

2,700

-255

2,702


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 2

June 25

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,524,618

3,542,791

-18,173

4,368,213

Federal Employees (UCFE)

24,220

23,508

712

19,854

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

36,263

37,179

-916

38,448

EUC 20083

3,153,982

3,234,115

-80,133

3,509,073

Extended Benefits4

543,712

596,711

-52,999

462,815

State Additional Benefits5

5,028

5,396

-368

6,040

STC / Workshare6

37,375

45,194

-7,819

64,745

TOTAL

7,325,198

7,484,894

-159,696

8,469,188


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 125,807,389 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 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.pdfUNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/9/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-15,751

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

NJ

-7,486

 

Fewer layoffs in education related services, retail, and other service industries.

MA

-3,008

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

IL

-1,399

 

No comment.

CT

-1,316

 

No comment.

RI

-1,077

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing and service industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

+20,599

 

Layoffs in education related services, transportation, and service industries.

MN

+9,681

 

Layoffs attributed to state government shutdown.

MI

+9,030

 

Layoff in the automobile and service industries.

FL

+7,544

 

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

OH

+5,839

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

IN

+2,932

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing and service industries.

AL

+2,310

 

Layoff due to seasonal shutdowns in the service, apparel, transportation, and textile industries.

PA

+1,828

 

Layoffs in education related services and other service industries.

AZ

+1,586

 

No comment.

WI

+1,485

 

No comment.

OR

+1,371

 

No comment.

AR

+1,225

 

No comment.

KS

+1,151

 

No comment.

TN

+1,074

 

Layoffs in education related services, transportation, and other service industries.

NV

+1,061

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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