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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-2220-NAT

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November 8, 2012

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 355,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 363,000. The 4-week moving average was 370,500, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 367,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending October 27, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 27 was 3,127,000, a decrease of 135,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,262,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,227,750, a decrease of 38,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,266,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 355,406 in the week ending November 3, an increase of 15,489 from the previous week. There were 402,532 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent during the week ending October 27, 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 2,742,581, a decrease of 94,962 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,210,417.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 20 was 5,077,231, an increase of 41,864 from the previous week. There were 6,835,604 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending October 20.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,959 in the week ending October 27, an increase of 373 from the prior week. There were 2,656 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 161 from the preceding week.

There were 18,401 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 20, an increase of 257 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,541, a decrease of 177 from the prior week.

States reported 2,117,175 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 20, an increase of 18,529 from the prior week. There were 2,953,824 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 October 20 were in Alaska (4.5), Puerto Rico (4.0), Virgin Islands (3.7), California (3.2), Pennsylvania (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Connecticut (3.0), Oregon (2.9), Arkansas (2.7), and Nevada (2.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 27 were in Oregon (+2,379), Indiana (+1,663), California (+1,139), Minnesota (+592), and Wisconsin (+589), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-3,782), Tennessee (-1,756), Maryland (-1,361), Florida (-1,141), and New Jersey (-1,080).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Nov. 3

Oct. 27

Change

Oct. 20

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

355,000

363,000

-8,000

372,000

388,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

355,406

339,917

+15,489

345,226

402,532

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

370,500

367,250

+3,250

368,750

396,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance Oct. 27

Oct. 20

Change

Oct. 13

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,127,000

3,262,000

-135,000

3,259,000

3,644,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,742,581

2,837,543

-94,962

2,815,723

3,210,417

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,227,750

3,266,250

-38,500

3,272,750

3,677,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.4%

2.5%

-0.1

2.5%

2.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.1%

2.2%

-0.1

2.2%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Oct. 27

Oct. 20

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,959

1,586

+373

2,606

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,656

2,817

-161

2,712


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Oct. 20

Oct. 13

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,829,882

2,807,582

+22,300

3,188,365

Federal Employees (UCFE)

18,401

18,144

+257

28,657

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,541

39,718

-177

41,066

EUC 20083

2,117,175

2,098,646

+18,529

2,953,824

Extended Benefits4

37,343

35,741

+1,602

575,791

State Additional Benefits 5

5,843

5,841

+2

4,753

STC / Workshare 6

29,046

29,695

-649

43,148

TOTAL

5,077,231

5,035,367

+41,864

6,835,604

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 128,066,082 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 10/27/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NC

-3,782

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, electronic, machinery, and non classifiable industry.

TN

-1,756

 

No comment.

MD

-1,361

 

No comment.

FL

-1,141

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, retail, and service industries.

NJ

-1,080

 

Fewer layoffs in the accommodation and food service, administrative, construction, healthcare and social assistance, and manufacturing industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OR

+2,379

 

Initial claims are up due to inclement weather.

IN

+1,663

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

CA

+1,139

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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