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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 584,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 559,000. The 4-week moving average was 559,000, a decrease of 8,250 from the previous week's revised average of 567,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the week ending July 18, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.7 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 18 was 6,197,000, a decrease of 54,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,251,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,416,250, a decrease of 131,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,548,000.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.497 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 507,464 in the week ending July 25, a decrease of 78,111 from the previous week. There were 376,123 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6 percent during the week ending July 18, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,060,671, a decrease of 196,289 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,208,848.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending July 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,691 in the week ending July 18, a decrease of 343 from the prior week. There were 2,061initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 173 from the preceding week.

There were 18,717 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 11, an increase of 256 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 29,932, an increase of 834 from the prior week.

States reported 2,656,879 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 11, an increase of 24,518 from the prior week. There were 127,438 claimants in the comparable week in 2008. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 11 were in Puerto Rico (7.3 percent), Michigan (7.2), Oregon (6.7), Pennsylvania (6.4), Nevada (6.2), Wisconsin (6.1), Connecticut (5.6), New Jersey (5.6), Arkansas (5.5), California (5.5), North Carolina (5.5), and South Carolina (5.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 18 were in California (+4,290), Michigan (+3,654), Florida (+3,291), Connecticut (+749), and Indiana (+526), while the largest decreases were in New York (-22,052), Wisconsin (-6,791), Missouri (-6,529), Pennsylvania (-6,420), and Ohio (-5,062).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 25 July 18 Change July 11 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 584,000 559,000 +25,000 524,000 442,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 507,464 585,575 -78,111 671,242 376,123
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 559,000 567,250 -8,250 585,000 402,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 18 July 11 Change July 4 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 6,197,000 6,251,000 -54,000 6,313,000 3,308,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 6,060,671 6,256,960 -196,289 6,173,940 3,208,848
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 6,416,250 6,548,000 -131,750 6,674,000 3,215,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.7% 4.7% 0.0 4.7% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.6% 4.7% -0.1 4.6% 2.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 18
July 11
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,691 2,034 -343 1,299
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,061 2,234 -173 1,647

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 11
July 4
Change
Year

Federal Employees 18,717 18,461 +256 12,786
Newly Discharged Veterans 29,932 29,098 +834 20,525
Railroad Retirement Board 17,000 17,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 352,483 389,483 -37,000 1,777
EUC 20083 2,656,879 2,632,361 +24,518 127,438

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 133,078,480 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/18/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -22,052 Fewer layoffs in the service and transportation industries.
WI -6,791 Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
MO -6,529 No comment.
PA -6,420 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and fabricated metals industries.
OH -5,062 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
SC -4,908 Fewer layoffs in the textile, fabricated metals, and manufacturing industries.
AR -4,547 No comment.
TN -3,536 Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
KS -3,182 No comment.
WA -2,952 No comment.
IL -2,796 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
NJ -2,672 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
NC -2,494 Fewer layoffs in the primary metals industry.
TX -2,408 Fewer layoffs in the service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
MA -2,313 Fewer layoffs in the service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
KY -2,309 No comment.
MN -2,092 No comment.
AZ -1,774 No comment.
AL -1,450 Fewer layoffs in the apparel and rubber/plastics industries.
OR -1,262 No comment.
CO -1,194 No comment.
NH -1,176 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL +3,291 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
MI +3,654 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
CA +4,290 Layoffs in the construction and trade industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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