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August 15, 2013

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 320,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 335,000. The 4-week moving average was 332,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 336,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending August 3, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 3 was 2,969,000, a decrease of 54,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,023,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,986,500, a decrease of 38,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,025,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 280,502 in the week ending August 10, a decrease of 8,142 from the previous week. There were 317,680 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending August 3, 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 2,858,818, a decrease of 100,830 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,959,648. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,180,011.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 27 was 4,586,860, an increase of 65,906 from the previous week. There were 5,704,310 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending July 27.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,713 in the week ending August 3, a decrease of 436 from the prior week. There were 2,235 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 30 from the preceding week.

There were 21,830 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 27, an increase of 1,234 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 34,470, an increase of 158 from the prior week.

States reported 1,552,910 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending July 27, an increase of 36,635 from the prior week. There were 2,373,969 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 August 3 were in Puerto Rico (5.2), New Jersey (3.6), Alaska (3.4), California (3.4), Connecticut (3.4), New Mexico (3.2), Pennsylvania (3.2), Rhode Island (2.9), Illinois (2.8), Nevada (2.8), Virgin Islands (2.8), and New York (2.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 3 were in California (+3,715), Ohio (+1,270), Texas (+1,151), Pennsylvania (+999), and Puerto Rico (+816), while the largest decreases were in Oregon (-1,638), Illinois (-999), New Jersey (-762), New York (-712), and Connecticut (-632). >


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance August 10

August 3

Change

July 27

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

320,000

335,000

-15,000

328,000

367,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

280,502

288,644

-8,142

281,453

317,680

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

332,000

336,000

-4,000

341,750

366,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance August 3

July 27

Change

July 20

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,969,000

3,023,000

-54,000

2,951,000

3,309,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,858,818

2,959,648

-100,830

2,927,183

3,180,011

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,986,500

3,025,000

-38,500

3,026,000

3,302,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.3%

2.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.2%

2.3%

-0.1

2.3%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

August 3

July 27

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,713

2,149

-436

1,246

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,235

2,205

+30

2,538


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 27

July 20

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,954,697

2,921,295

+33,402

3,234,839

Federal Employees (UCFE)

21,830

20,596

+1,234

18,115

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

34,470

34,312

+158

40,099

EUC 20083

1,552,910

1,516,275

+36,635

2,373,969

Extended Benefits4

311

220

+91

5,223

State Additional Benefits 5

4,148

4,112

+36

5,319

STC / Workshare 6

18,494

24,144

-5,650

26,746

TOTAL

4,586,860

4,520,954

+65,906

5,704,310


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 129,827,178 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 AUGUST 3, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OR

-1,638

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+3,715

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

OH

+1,270

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TX

+1,151

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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