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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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December 20, 2012

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 361,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 344,000. The 4-week moving average was 367,750, a decrease of 13,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 381,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending December 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 8 was 3,225,000, an increase of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,213,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,240,500, a decrease of 33,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,274,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 400,422 in the week ending December 15, a decrease of 28,766 from the previous week. There were 421,103 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending December 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,231,115, an increase of 56,406 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,628,343.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 1 was 5,402,429, a decrease of 238,637 from the previous week. There were 7,152,130 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending December 1.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,054 in the week ending December 8, an increase of 28 from the prior week. There were 2,831 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 125 from the preceding week.

There were 21,340 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 1, an increase of 562 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,480, a decrease of 2,017 from the prior week.

States reported 2,096,545 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 1, a decrease of 97,708 from the prior week. There were 2,941,157 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 December1 were in Alaska (6.2), New Jersey (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.9), Puerto Rico (3.7), Montana (3.4), California (3.3), Nevada (3.3), Oregon (3.3), Connecticut (3.2), and Wisconsin (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 8 were in California (+5,952), Florida (+749), Ohio (+743), Rhode Island (+197), and Colorado (+161), while the largest decreases were in New York (-11,295), Pennsylvania (-11,247), North Carolina (-8,564), Wisconsin (-5,726) and Georgia (-5,317).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 15

Dec. 8

Change

Dec. 1

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

361,000

344,000

+17,000

371,000

370,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

400,422

429,188

-28,766

500,163

421,103

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

367,750

381,500

-13,750

408,250

380,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 8

Dec. 1

Change

Nov. 24

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,225,000

3,213,000

+12,000

3,219,000

3,575,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,231,115

3,174,709

+56,406

3,315,644

3,628,343

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,240,500

3,274,000

-33,500

3,312,500

3,624,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.5%

2.8%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.6%

2.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 8

Dec. 1

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,054

2,026

+28

2,421

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,831

2,956

-125

2,935


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 1

Nov. 24

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,167,295

3,307,877

-140,582

3,531,439

Federal Employees (UCFE)

21,340

20,778

+562

30,513

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,480

41,497

-2,017

42,017

EUC 20083

2,096,545

2,194,253

-97,708

2,941,157

Extended Benefits4

43,844

40,555

+3,289

564,647

State Additional Benefits 5

6,266

5,974

+292

4,697

STC / Workshare 6

27,659

30,132

-2,473

37,660

TOTAL

5,402,429

5,641,066

-238,637

7,152,130

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 12/8/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-11,295

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, food service, and construction industries.

PA

-11,247

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation, entertainment, accommodation and food service, professional, and scientific and technology industries.

NC

-8,564

 

No comment.

WI

-5,726

 

No comment.

GA

-5,317

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, trade, and accommodation and food service industries.

NJ

-3,969

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and construction industries.

TX

-3,850

 

No comment.

SC

-3,114

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WA

-2,842

 

No comment.

TN

-2,731

 

No comment.

MN

-2,114

 

No comment.

IL

-1,953

 

No comment.

AL

-1,942

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative, metal manufacturing, and accommodation and food industries.

OR

-1,504

 

No comment.

VA

-1,404

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AR

-1,277

 

No comment.

NV

-1,269

 

Decrease in initial claims are the results of expected decline following last week's temporary increase due to the holiday.

MO

-1,192

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing and construction industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+5,952

 

Layoff in the service and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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