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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-1837-NAT

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Tony Sznoluch: (202) 693-3176

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September 13, 2012

Special Factor: Several states have reported increases in initial claims (approximately 9,000 in total) for the week ending September 8, 2012 , as a result of Tropical Storm Issac.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending September 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 382,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 367,000. The 4-week moving average was 375,000, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average of 371,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending September 1, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 1 was 3,283,000, a decrease of 49,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,332,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,316,500, a decrease of 7,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,324,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 297,402 in the week ending September 8, a decrease of 12,058 from the previous week. There were 328,868 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending September 1, 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 2,912,245, a decrease of 173,235 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,293,105.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 25 was 5,391,576, a decrease of 78,465 from the previous week. There were 7,143,572 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011

Extended Benefits were not available in any states during the week ending August 25.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,225 in the week ending September 1, a decrease of 3 from the prior week. There were 2,539 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 126 from the preceding week.

There were 17,428 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 25, an increase of 331 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,405, a decrease of 536 from the prior week.

States reported 2,223,071 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending August 25, a decrease of 40,543 from the prior week. There were 3,066,671 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 25 were in Puerto Rico (4.0), New Jersey (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.8), Alaska (3.6), Connecticut (3.6), Virgin Islands (3.5), California (3.3), New York (3.1), Rhode Island (3.1), and Oregon (2.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 1 were in Pennsylvania (+1,639), Nevada (+1,351), Michigan (+915), Texas (+804), and Iowa (+691), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-1,923), North Carolina (-1,566), Georgia (-1,199), Puerto Rico (-1,101), and New Jersey
(-789).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance September 8

September 1

Change

August 25

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

382,000

367,000

+15,000

377,000

421,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

297,402

309,460

-12,058

312,542

328,868

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

375,000

371,750

+3,250

371,000

413,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance September 1

August 25

Change

August 18

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,283,000

3,332,000

-49,000

3,331,000

3,729,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,912,245

3,085,480

-173,235

3,117,558

3,293,105

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,316,500

3,324,000

-7,500

3,325,000

3,728,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.3%

2.4%

-0.1

2.4%

2.6%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

September 1

August 25

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,225

1,228

-3

1,899

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,539

2,665

-126

2,751


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

August 25

August 18

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,078,156

3,108,257

-30,101

3,424,616

Federal Employees (UCFE)

17,428

17,097

+331

25,122

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,405

38,941

-536

38,290

EUC 20083

2,223,071

2,263,614

-40,543

3,066,671

Extended Benefits4

2,597

3,296

-699

539,299

State Additional Benefits 5

5,453

5,896

-443

4,156

STC / Workshare 6

26,466

32,940

-6,474

45,418

TOTAL

5,391,576

5,470,041

-78,465

7,143,572


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 09/1/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

-1,923

 

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

NC

-1,566

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, computer equipment, and social service indutries.

GA

-1,199

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, and administrative and support service industries.

PR

-1,101

 

Office closures related to tropical storm Isaac.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

+1,639

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, food and beverage, and educational service industries.

NV

+1,351

 

Seasonal layoffs in summer employment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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