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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Feb. 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 440,000, a decrease of 43,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 483,000. The 4-week moving average was 468,500, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised average of 469,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Jan. 30, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 30 was 4,538,000, a decrease of 79,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,617,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,603,500, a decrease of 17,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,621,250.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.322 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 504,661 in the week ending Feb. 6, a decrease of 28,640 from the previous week. There were 710,152 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the week ending Jan. 30, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,659,505, a decrease of 24,352 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.4 percent and the volume was 5,953,114.

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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. 23.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,569 in the week ending Jan. 30, an increase of 89 from the prior week. There were 2,242 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 375 from the preceding week.

There were 25,878 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 23, a decrease of 289 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,423, an increase of 1,646 from the prior week.

States reported 5,447,592 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 23, a decrease of 184,627 from the prior week. There were 1,805,007 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. 23 were in Alaska (7.5 percent), Oregon (6.7), Idaho (6.5), Wisconsin (6.4), Puerto Rico (6.3), Montana (6.2), Pennsylvania (6.2), Nevada (5.9), Michigan (5.8), and Rhode Island (5.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 30 were in Pennsylvania (+10,495), Illinois (+3,062), North Carolina (+2,868), Georgia (+2,803), and Missouri (+2,677), while the largest decreases were in New Jersey (-1,819), Kansas (-1,600), Connecticut (-1,282), Virginia (-1,227), and Puerto Rico (-911).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Feb. 6 Jan. 30 Change Jan. 23 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 440,000 483,000 -43,000 472,000 617,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 504,661 533,301 -28,640 502,710 710,152
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 468,500 469,500 -1,000 457,000 601,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 30 Jan. 23 Change Jan. 16 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,538,000 4,617,000 -79,000 4,600,000 4,755,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 5,659,505 5,683,857 -24,352 5,602,357 5,953,114
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,603,500 4,621,250 -17,750 4,668,750 4,688,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.5% 3.5% 0.0 3.5% 3.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.3% 4.4% -0.1 4.3% 4.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 30
Jan. 23
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,569 1,480 +89 1,629
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,242 1,867 +375 2,048

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 23
Jan. 16
Change
Year

Federal Employees 25,878 26,167 -289 20,211
Newly Discharged Veterans 37,423 35,777 +1,646 27,936
Railroad Retirement Board 12,000 12,000 0 9,000
Extended Benefits 236,041 222,833 +13,208 17,296
EUC 20083 5,447,592 5,632,219 -184,627 1,805,007

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 01/30/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NJ -1,819 Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.
KS -1,600 No comment.
CT -1,282 No comment.
VA -1,227 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
IA +1,008 No comment.
TX +1,123 Layoffs in the trade, service, finance, and manufacturing industries.
FL +1,745 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
OH +1,950 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
CA +1,996 No comment.
WI +2,429 Layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
MO +2,677 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
GA +2,803 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
NC +2,868 Layoffs in the construction, apparel, stone/clay/glass, and lumber/wood industries.
IL +3,062 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
PA +10,495 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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