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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-1248-NAT

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August 25, 2011

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

Special Factor: As a result of a labor dispute between Communications Workers of America and Verizon Communications, at least 12,500 initial claims were filed in the week ending 8/13/2011 and at least 8,500 initial claims were filed in the week ending 8/20/2011 .

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 417,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 412,000. The 4-week moving average was 407,500, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 403,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending August 13, 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 August 13 was 3,641,000, a decrease of 80,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,721,250. The 4-week moving average was 3,701,000, a decrease of 19,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,720,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 341,436 in the week ending August 20, a decrease of 4,536 from the previous week. There were 384,955 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent during the week ending August 13, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,452,004, a decrease of 101,224 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.3 percent and the volume was 4,219,639.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 6 was 7,290,189, a decrease of 45,989 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, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending August 6.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,959 in the week ending August 13, a decrease of 1,585 from the prior week. There were 2,540 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 414 from the preceding week.

There were 26,769 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 6, an increase of 635 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,135, an increase of 508 from the prior week.

States reported 3,086,781 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending August 6, a decrease of 43,827 from the prior week. There were 4,820,132 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 August 6 were in Puerto Rico (5.2), Pennsylvania (4.2), New Jersey (4.0), Alaska (3.9) , Connecticut (3.8), California (3.7), Oregon (3.7), Nevada (3.6), Rhode Island (3.6) and Wisconsin (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 13 were in New York (+5,047), Massachusetts (+2,499), New Jersey (+2,223), Puerto Rico (+1,236), and Connecticut (+532) while the largest decreases were in California (-10,912), Texas (-1,690), Minnesota (-1,061), Florida (-987), and Missouri (-836 ).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance August 20

August 13

Change

August 6

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

417,000

412,000

+5,000

399,000

469,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

341,436

345,972

-4,536

354,408

384,955

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

407,500

403,500

+4,000

406,000

477,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance August 13

August 6

Change

July 30

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,641,000

3,721,000

-80,000

3,695,000

4,461,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,452,004

3,553,228

-101,224

3,580,433

4,219,639

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,701,250

3,720,750

-19,500

3,720,500

4,489,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA) 2

2.9

3.0

-0.1

2.9

3.5

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA) 2

2.7

2.8

-0.1

2.8

3.3


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

August 13

August 6

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,959

3,544

-1,585

3,752

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,540

2,954

-414

2,757


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

August 6

July 30

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,541,327

3,570,120

-28,793

4,266,446

Federal Employees (UCFE)

26,769

26,134

635

24,041

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,135

37,627

508

40,440

EUC 2008 3

3,086,781

3,130,608

-43,827

4,820,132

Extended Benefits 4

550,903

527,490

23,413

938,727

State Additional Benefits 5

4,631

3,577

1,054

3,962

STC / Workshare 6

41,643

40,622

1,021

63,198

TOTAL

7,290,189

7,336,178

-45,989

10,156,946


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 08/13/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-10,912

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industries.

TX

-1,690

 

No comment.

MN

-1,061

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PR

+1,236

 

No comment.

NJ

+2,223

 

Layoffs in the service industries.

MA

+2,499

 

No comment.

NY

+5,047

 

Layoffs in the service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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