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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-1765-NAT

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August 30, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 374,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised figure of 374,000. The 4-week moving average was 370,250, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 368,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending August 18, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 18, was 3,316,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,321,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,321,500, an increase of 9,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,312,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 309,923 in the week ending August 25, a decrease of 1,864 from the previous week. There were 336,761 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending August 18, 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 3,103,455, a decrease of 65,115 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,473,182.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 11 was 5,532,245, a decrease of 62,253 from the previous week.

Extended Benefits were only available in Idaho during the week ending August 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,291 in the week ending August 18, an increase of 145 from the prior week. There were 2,611 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 22 from the preceding week.

There were 17,558 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 11, an increase of 102 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,976, an increase of 489 from the prior week.

States reported 2,273,317 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending August 11, a decrease of 53,318 from the prior week. There were 3,118,042 persons claiming EUC 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 August 11 were in Puerto Rico (4.4), theVirgin Islands (4.1), Pennsylvania (3.9), New Jersey (3.8), Connecticut (3.6), Alaska (3.6), California (3.4), Rhode Island (3.1), New York (3.0), and Nevada (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 18 were in Michigan (+2,383), Florida (+1,558), Colorado (+781), South Carolina (+774), and Texas (+517), while the largest decreases were in California (-5,549), Ohio (-1,379), Oregon (-1,098), Wisconsin (-539), and Virginia (-480).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance August 25

August 18

Change

August 11

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

374,000

374,000

0

369,000

407,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

309,923

311,787

-1,864

317,680

336,761

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

370,250

368,750

+1,500

364,500

407,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance August 18

August 11

Change

August 4

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,316,000

3,321,000

-5,000

3,313,000

3,727,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,103,455

3,168,570

-65,115

3,180,011

3,473,182

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,321,500

3,312,500

+9,000

3,305,000

3,717,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.4%

2.5%

-0.1

2.5%

2.8%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

August 18

August 11

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,291

1,146

+145

1,743

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,611

2,589

+22

2,742


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

August 11

August 4

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,159,836

3,172,438

-12,602

3,545,584

Federal Employees (UCFE)

17,558

17,456

+102

26,016

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,976

38,487

+489

38,033

EUC 20083

2,273,317

2,326,635

-53,318

3,118,042

Extended Benefits4

5,404

4,236

+1,168

556,162

State Additional Benefits 5

5,665

5,741

-76

4,405

STC / Workshare 6

31,489

29,505

+1,984

46,182

TOTAL

5,532,245

5,594,498

-62,253

7,334,424


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 127,495,952 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 08/18/2012


STATES WITH A INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MI

+2,383

 

No comment.

FL

+1,558

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade and retail trade industries.


STATES WITH AN DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-5,549

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

OH

-1,379

 

No comment.

OR

-1,098

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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