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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 13-0220-NAT

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February 7, 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 366,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 371,000. The 4-week moving average was 350,500, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 352,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending January 26, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 26 was 3,224,000, an increase of 8,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,216,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,211,000, an increase of 13,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,197,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 386,176 in the week ending February 2, an increase of 16,696 from the previous week. There were 401,365 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending January 26, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,720,496, an increase of 41,570 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,678,926. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,097,013.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 19 was 5,590,480, a decrease of 326,513 from the previous week. There were 7,663,608 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benfits were not available in any state during the week ending January 19.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,370 in the week ending January 26, a decrease of 508 from the prior week. There were 2,256 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 484 from the preceding week.

There were 22,389 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 19, a decrease of 511 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,808, a decrease of 286 from the prior week.

States reported 1,826,098 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 19, a decrease of 288,471 from the prior week. There were 2,985,907 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 19 were in Alaska (6.6), Montana (4.4), Puerto Rico (4.4), Pennsylvania (4.2), New Jersey (4.1), Wisconsin (4.1), Connecticut (4.0), Idaho (4.0), Oregon (3.8), and Rhode Island (3.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 19 were in North Carolina (+2,030), Oregon (+491), Virginia (+461), and Vermont (+62), while the largest decreases were in California (-20,414), Texas (-5,082), Illinois (-4,865), Florida (-3,570), and Michigan (-2,795).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 2

Jan. 26

Change

Jan. 19

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

366,000

371,000

-5,000

330,000

371,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

386,176

369,480

+16,696

436,955

401,365

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

350,500

352,750

-2,250

351,750

372,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 26

Jan. 19

Change

Jan. 12

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,224,000

3,216,000

+8,000

3,175,000

3,517,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,720,496

3,678,926

+41,750

3,711,100

4,097,013

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,211,000

3,197,250

+13,750

3,202,250

3,512,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.5%

2.8%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.9%

2.9%

0.0

2.9%

3.2%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 26

Jan. 19

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,370

1,878

-508

1,696

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,256

2,740

-484

2,843


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 19

Jan. 12

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,672,493

3,703,667

-31,174

4,049,316

Federal Employees (UCFE)

22,389

22,900

-511

29,814

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,808

40,094

-286

42,964

EUC 20083

1,826,098

2,114,569

-288,471

2,985,907

Extended Benefits4

860

657

+203

514,691

State Additional Benefits 5

5,378

5,660

-282

4,235

STC / Workshare 6

23,454

29,446

-5,992

36,681

TOTAL

5,590,480

5,916,993

-326,513

7,663,608

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 128,613,913 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 1/26/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-20,414

 

Fewer layoffs in all sectors, with the largest decrease in the service industries.

TX

-5,082

 

No comment.

IL

-4,865

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative support, and trade industries.

FL

-3,570

 

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

MI

-2,795

 

Fewer layoffs in the administrative support industries.

OH

-2,588

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NJ

-2,475

 

Fewer layoffs in the healthcare and social assistance, transportation and warehousing, trade, and manufacturing industries.

CT

-2,218

 

No Comment.

SC

-2,219

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IN

-1,730

 

No Comment.

GA

-1,616

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support services, healthcare and social assistance, and trade industries.

AZ

-1,565

 

No Comment.

CO

-1,388

 

No comment.

PA

-1,374

 

Fewer layoffs in the entertainment, lodging and food service, transportation and warehousing, professional, scientific and technology, and healthcare and social service industries.

TN

-1,330

 

No comment.

MD

-1,063

 

No comment.



STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

State Supplied Comment

NC

+2,030

Layoffs in the construction, petroleum, stone, clay, glass and concrete product industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current