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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 352,000, a decrease of 50,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 402,000. The 4-week moving average was 379,000, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 382,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent for the week ending January 7, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 7, was 3,432,000, a decrease of 215,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,647,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,576,250, a decrease of 34,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,610,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 521,613 in the week ending January 14, a decrease of 124,606 from the previous week. There were 549,688 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.2 percent during the week ending January 7, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,076,626, a decrease of 84,257 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.7 percent and the volume was 4,652,805.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 31 was 7,826,665, an increase of 493,566 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, Maryland, 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 December 31.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,651 in the week ending January 7, an increase of 1,006 from the prior week. There were 2,578 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 683 from the preceding week.

There were 31,866 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 31, an increase of 2,003 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,291, an increase of 194 from the prior week.

States reported 3,026,855 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 31, an increase of 100,179 from the prior week. There were 3,719,607 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 31 were in Alaska (6.9), Connecticut (6.6), Oregon (5.0), Wisconsin (4.9), Pennsylvania (4.7), Idaho (4.5), Rhode Island (4.5), Montana (4.3), New Jersey (4.2), Arkansas (4.0), Illinois (4.0), and Washington (4.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 7 were in New York (+29,389), California (+22,168), Texas (+13,946), North Carolina (+7,865), and Georgia (+7,225) while the largest decreases were in Wisconsin (-7,657), Michigan (-5,208), Iowa (-4,675), New Jersey (-4,667), and Kentucky (-3,577).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 14

Jan. 7

Change

Dec. 31

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

352,000

402,000

-50,000

375,000

415,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

521,613

646,219

-124,606

540,057

549,688

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

379,000

382,500

-3,500

374,000

418,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 7

Dec. 31

Change

Dec. 24

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,432,000

3,647,000

-215,000

3,609,000

3,950,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,076,626

4,160,883

-84,257

3,779,025

4,652,805

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,576,250

3,610,250

-34,000

3,605,500

4,041,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.7%

2.9%

-0.2

2.9%

3.1%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.2%

3.3%

-0.1

3.0%

3.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 7

Dec. 31

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,651

1,645

+1,006

5,475

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,578

1,895

+683

2,860


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 31

Dec. 24

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

4,151,559

3,771,703

+379,856

4,776,093

Federal Employees (UCFE)

31,866

29,863

+2,003

48,727

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

42,291

42,097

+194

41,918

EUC 20083

3,026,855

2,926,676

+100,179

3,719,607

Extended Benefits4

533,172

528,184

+4,988

997,085

State Additional Benefits 5

3,850

3,891

-41

6,977

STC / Workshare 6

37,072

30,685

+6,387

58,107

TOTAL

7,826,665

7,333,099

+493,566

9,648,514


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 126,579,970 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 paid, 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 01/07/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

WI

-7,657

 

No comment.

MI

-5,208

 

No comment.

IA

-4,675

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NJ

-4,667

 

Fewer layoffs in the service, transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

KY

-3,577

 

No comment.

AR

-1,563

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

+29,389

 

Layoffs in the transportation, educational, and construction industries.

CA

+22,168

 

Layoffs in the service, agriculture, and fishing industries.

TX

+13,946

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing and service industries.

NC

+7,865

 

Layoff in the non classifiable establishments, textile, rubber, plastic, and electronic industries.

GA

+7,225

 

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

PA

+6,441

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and retail industries.

TN

+6,289

 

Layoffs in the service, specialty trade contractors, construction, service, and recreation industries.

AL

+4,612

 

Layoffs in the transportation, construction, and wood product industries.

FL

+3,744

 

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

SC

+3,273

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing and textile industries.

VA

+3,196

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WA

+2,646

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, retail, transportation and warehousing, finance and insurance, and public administration industries.

IL

+2,573

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and trade industries.

MO

+2,367

 

Layoffs in the service, retail, and construction industries.

AZ

+2,364

 

No comment.

AK

+2,204

 

No comment.

CO

+1,799

 

No comment.

IN

+1,454

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing and retail industries.

UT

+1,423

 

Layoffs due to the holiday.

CT

+1,416

 

No comment.

NV

+1,271

 

Layoff due to the holiday.

ME

+1,173

 

Layoffs in the construction,retail, and service industries.

LA

+1,153

 

No comment.

WV

+1,109

 

Layoffs in the agriculture, forest, fishing, mining, construction, retail, transportation and warehousing, finance and insurance, public administration, and service industries.

MS

+1,017

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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