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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 479,000, an increase of 19,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 460,000. The 4-week moving average was 458,500, an increase of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average of 453,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending July 24, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 24 was 4,537,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,571,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,575,500, an increase of 25,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,549,750.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.028 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 399,570 in the week ending July 31, a decrease of 14,247 from the previous week. There were 466,695 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent during the week ending July 24, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,418,756, a decrease of 152,113 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.5 percent and the volume was 6,019,822.

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending July 17.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,318 in the week ending July 24, an increase of 37 from the prior week. There were 2,790 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 126 from the preceding week.

There were 22,904 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 17, an increase of 1,942 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,933, an increase of 1,225 from the prior week.

States reported 3,314,629 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 17, an increase of 60,993 from the prior week. There were 2,830,911 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 July 17 were in Puerto Rico (7.2 percent), Pennsylvania (5.3), Oregon (4.8), Massachusetts (4.7), New Jersey (4.7), California (4.6), Connecticut (4.5), Nevada (4.5), Alaska (4.4), Rhode Island (4.3), and Wisconsin (4.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 24 were in Minnesota (+288), Vermont (+39), North Dakota (+38), Wyoming (+32), and Colorado (+19), while the largest decreases were in California (-19,107), New York (-7,801), North Carolina (-6,399), Michigan (-5,984), and Georgia
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 31 July 24 Change July 17 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 479,000 460,000 +19,000 468,000 559,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 399,570 413,817 -14,247 502,473 466,695
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 458,500 453,250 +5,250 457,000 559,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 24 July 17 Change July 10 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,537,000 4,571,000 -34,000 4,484,000 6,193,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,418,756 4,570,869 -152,113 4,577,842 6,019,822
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,575,500 4,549,750 +25,750 4,566,250 6,166,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.6% 3.6% 0.0 3.5% 4.7%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.5% 3.6% -0.1 3.6% 4.5%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 24
July 17
Change
Year

Federal Employees 3,318 3,281 +37 1,661
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,790 2,916 -126 1,981

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 17
July 10
Change
Year

Federal Employees 22,904 20,962 +1,942 19,783
Newly Discharged Veterans 42,933 41,708 +1,225 30,107
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 10,000
Extended Benefits 603,853 406,842 +197,011 746,672
EUC 20083 3,314,629 3,253,636 +60,993 2,830,911

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 126,763,245 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/24/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -19,107 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
NY -7,801 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
NC -6,399 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, transportation equipment, computer equipment, industrial machinery, food, textile, furniture, lumber/wood, rubber/plastics, primary metals, and fabricated metals industries.
MI -5,984 No comment.
GA -5,863 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
SC -4,641 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA -4,159 Fewer layoffs in the transportation and service industries.
IL -3,469 Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.
AL -3,071 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment and primary metals industries.
NJ -2,937 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
TN -2,538 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, apparel, and service industries.
TX -2,028 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
WI -1,978 No comment.
FL -1,860 Fewer layoffs in the construction and trade industries, and agriculture.
MO -1,661 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
OR -1,581 No comment.
VA -1,293 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
IN -1,243 No comment.
KY -1,059 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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