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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL 10-96-NAT
   
   
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 470,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 478,000. The 4-week moving average was 456,250, an increase of 9,500 from the previous week's revised average of 446,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 16 was 4,602,000, a decrease of 57,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,659,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,669,250, a decrease of 94,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,763,500.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.404 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 500,392 in the week ending Jan. 23, a decrease of 145,417 from the previous week. There were 620,143 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,605,729, a decrease of 185,351 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.3 percent and the volume was 5,715,432.

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Jan. 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,950 in the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 505 from the prior week. There were 2,412 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 73 from the preceding week.

There were 26,226 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 9, a decrease of 1,548 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,836, an increase of 978 from the prior week.

States reported 5,350,477 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 9, a decrease of 304,067 from the prior week. There were 1,766,009 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 9 were in Alaska (7.4 percent), Oregon (6.8), Wisconsin (6.6), Idaho (6.4), Michigan (6.4), Montana (6.0), Pennsylvania (6.0), Nevada (5.7), Connecticut (5.5), North Carolina (5.5), and Washington (5.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 16 were in California (+43,748), Florida (+2,345), West Virginia (+1,460), Iowa (+937), and Puerto Rico (+415), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-25,819), New York (-22,173), North Carolina (-17,265), Wisconsin (-13,614), and Georgia (-12,452).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 23 Jan. 16 Change Jan. 9 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 470,000 478,000 -8,000 444,000 590,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 500,392 645,809 -145,417 802,573 620,143
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 456,250 446,750 +9,500 440,750 547,000
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 16 Jan. 9 Change Jan. 2 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,602,000 4,659,000 -57,000 4,609,000 4,673,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 5,605,729 5,791,080 -185,351 6,004,895 5,715,432
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,669,250 4,763,500 -94,250 4,858,250 4,566,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.5% 3.6% -0.1 3.5% 3.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.3% 4.5% -0.2 4.6% 4.3%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 16
Jan. 9
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,950 2,455 -505 1,838
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,412 2,485 -73 2,221

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 9
Jan. 2
Change
Year

Federal Employees 26,226 27,774 -1,548 20,255
Newly Discharged Veterans 37,836 36,858 +978 27,261
Railroad Retirement Board 12,000 12,000 0 8,000
Extended Benefits 261,962 263,016 -1,054 12,472
EUC 20083 5,350,477 5,654,544 -304,067 1,766,009

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 130,128,328 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/16/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
PA -25,819 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
NY -22,173 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service , and transportation industries.
NC -17,265 Fewer layoffs in the service, textile, furniture, primary metals, fabricated metals, rubber/plastics, lumber/wood, electrical equipment, and electronic equipment industries.
WI -13,614 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
GA -12,452 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
SC -8,660 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ -8,567 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
TX -8,054 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
OH -6,969 No comment.
IL -6,465 Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.
VA -6,373 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
MO -5,749 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
KY -5,023 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL -4,749 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MN -4,733 No comment.
TN -4,564 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
KS -4,496 No comment.
MI -4,381 No comment.
IN -3,683 Fewer layoffs in the trade industry.
OR -3,378 No comment.
CT -3,242 No comment.
MA -3,229 No comment.
WA -2,928 No comment.
MD -2,403 No comment.
AR -2,148 No comment.

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STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
LA -1,538 No comment.
CO -1,454 No comment.
MS -1,296 No comment.
ND -1,163 No comment.
NE -1,025 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
WV +1,460 Layoffs in the service and information industries.
FL +2,345 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.
CA +43,748 State clearing claims backlog.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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