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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Aug. 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 316,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 309,000. The 4-week moving average was 307,750, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average of 306,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent for the week ending July 28, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 1.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 28 was 2,559,000, an increase of 39,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,520,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,545,750, an increase of 2,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,543,750.  

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 270,634 in the week ending Aug. 4, an increase of 13,320 from the previous week. There were 275,430 initial claims in the comparable week in 2006.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent during the week ending July 28, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,454,282, an increase of 5,281 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.8 percent and the volume was 2,366,848.

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Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending July 21.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,151 in the week ending July 28, a decrease of 67 from the prior week. There were 1,682 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 2 from the preceding week.

There were 14,453 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 21, an increase of 614 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 21,303, a decrease of 155 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 21 were in Michigan (3.0 percent), New Jersey (3.0), Rhode Island (3.0), Pennsylvania (2.9), Alaska (2.5), Arkansas (2.5), Massachusetts (2.5), Connecticut (2.4), California (2.3), Oregon (2.3), and Wisconsin (2.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 28 were in Wisconsin (+538), California (+346), Iowa (+193), Oregon (+137), and North Dakota (+47), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-6,618), Illinois (-3,845), Puerto Rico (-3,705), Tennessee (-3,698), and Kentucky
(-3,134).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Aug. 4 July 28 Change July 21 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 316,000 309,000 +7,000 303,000 319,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 270,634 257,314 +13,320 298,748 275,430
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 307,750 306,000 +1,750 309,000 311,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 28 July 21 Change July 14 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,559,000 2,520,000 +39,000 2,541,000 2,468,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,454,282 2,449,001 +5,281 2,588,795 2,366,848
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,545,750 2,543,750 +2,000 2,554,250 2,465,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 1.9% 1.9% 0.0 1.9% 1.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
1.9% 1.9% 0.0 2.0% 1.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 28
July 21
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,151 1,218 -67 1,258
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,682 1,680 +2 2,051

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 21
July 14
Change
Year

Federal Employees 14,453 13,839 +614 14,862
Newly Discharged Veterans 21,303 21,458 -155 26,038
Railroad Retirement Board 2,000 2,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 0 0 0 45

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 132,170,980 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/28/2007 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI -6,618 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
IL -3,845 Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
PR -3,705 No comment.
TN -3,698 Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery industry.
KY -3,134 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC -2,972 Fewer layoffs in the food, textile , furniture, transportation equipment, stone/clay/glass, rubber/plastics, and lumber/wood industries.
OH -2,172 No comment.
FL -2,154 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
AL -2,010 Fewer layoffs in the construction and transportation equipment industries.
SC -1,758 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
GA -1,566 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA -1,092 Fewer layoffs in the apparel, leather goods, paper, and primary metals industries.
IN -1,061 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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