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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-1119-NAT

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July 28, 2011

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 398,000, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 422,000. The 4-week moving average was 413,750, a decrease of 8,500 from the previous week's revised average of 422,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending July 16, a 0.1 percentage point decrease from the prior week's revised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 16 was 3,703,000, a decrease of 17,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,720,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,721,000, a decrease of 5,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,726,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 366,578 in the week ending July 23, a decrease of 103,503 from the previous week. There were 413,679 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending July 16, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,735,896, a decrease of 47,420 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.6 percent and the volume was 4,554,316.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 9 was 7,645,601, an increase of 320,152 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 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,883 in the week ending July 16, a decrease of 680 from the prior week. There were 2,639 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 194 from the preceding week.

There were 24,961 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 9, an increase of 734 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,300, an increase of 2,028 from the prior week.

States reported 3,172,428 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 9, an increase of 18,427 from the prior week. There were 3,285,271 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 9 were in Puerto Rico (5.1), Pennsylvania (4.3), New Jersey (4.1), Oregon (4.1), Alaska (3.9) California (3.9), Connecticut (3.9), Nevada (3.8), Rhode Island (3.8), and Wisconsin (3.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 16 were in California (+20,813), Georgia (+6,567), North Carolina (+5,755), South Carolina (+5,181), and Florida (+4,236) while the largest decreases were in New York (-17,377), Minnesota (-10,352), Michigan (-7,039), Ohio (-5,037), and Pennsylvania (-3,347).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance July 23

July 16

Change

July 9

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

398,000

422,000

-24,000

408,000

457,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

366,578

470,081

-103,503

473,963

413,679

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

413,750

422,250

-8,500

424,000

455,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance July 16

July 9

Change

July 2

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,703,000

3,720,000

-17,000

3,749,000

4,532,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,735,896

3,783,316

-47,420

3,534,925

4,554,316

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,721,000

3,726,250

-5,250

3,724,750

4,528,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.9

3.0

-0.1

3.0

3.6

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.0

3.0

0.0

2.8

3.6


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 16

July 9

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,883

2,563

-680

3,275

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,639

2,445

194

2,915


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 9

July 2

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,771,753

3,524,850

246,903

4,544,905

Federal Employees (UCFE)

24,961

24,227

734

20,938

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,300

36,272

2,028

41,387

EUC 20083

3,172,428

3,154,001

18,427

3,285,271

Extended Benefits4

587,685

543,712

43,973

425,765

State Additional Benefits 5

4,805

5,012

-207

4,180

STC / Workshare 6

45,669

37,375

8,294

73,257

TOTAL

7,645,601

7,325,449

320,152

8,395,703


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.pdf

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/16/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-17,377

 

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

MN

-10,352

 

Fewer furloughs in state government.

MI

-7,039

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

OH

-5,037

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

PA

-3,347

 

Fewer layoffs in the education related services, fabricated metals, and other service industries.

IN

-1,806

 

No comment.

CT

-1,169

 

No comment.

AZ

-1,104

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+20,813

 

Return to a five day work week.

GA

+6,567

 

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

NC

+5,755

 

Layoff in the automobile, furniture, textile, transportation, and service industries.

SC

+5,181

 

No comment.

FL

+4,236

 

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

TN

+3,437

 

Layoffs in the service, transportation, textile, plastic, rubber, and service industries.

AL

+2,993

 

Layoff in the transportation, retail, construction, and service industries.

PR

+2,211

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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