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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Oct. 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 452,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 475,000. The 4-week moving average was 458,000, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average of 462,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Oct. 9, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 9 was 4,441,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,450,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,478,000, a decrease of 23,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,501,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 391,737 in the week ending Oct. 16, a decrease of 71,303 from the previous week. There were 460,269 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending Oct. 9, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,686,287, a decrease of 25,353 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.7 percent and the volume was 4,916,574.

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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 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 Oct. 2.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 10,756 in the week ending Oct. 9, an increase of 5,912 from the prior week. There were 3,158 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 463 from the preceding week.

There were 32,134 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 2, an increase of 118 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 41,040, a decrease of 901 from the prior week.

States reported 4,040,113 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 2, an increase of 152,112 from the prior week. There were 3,428,585 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 Oct. 2 were in Puerto Rico (6.4 percent), Alaska (4.4), Nevada (4.0), California (3.9), New Jersey (3.9), Oregon (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.8), Connecticut (3.6), South Carolina (3.5), and Illinois (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 9 were in New York (+8,558), North Carolina (+8,470), California (+7,929), Florida (+7,229), and Pennsylvania (+5,682), while the largest decreases were in the Virgin Islands (-34), and Hawaii (-17).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Oct. 16 Oct. 9 Change Oct. 2 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 452,000 475,000 -23,000 449,000 535,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 391,737 463,040 -71,303 373,681 460,269
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 458,000 462,250 -4,250 456,750 533,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Oct. 9. Oct. 2 Change Sept. 25 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,441,000 4,450,000 -9,000 4,511,000 5,888,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,686,287 3,711,640 -25,353 3,779,896 4,916,574
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,478,000 4,501,250 -23,250 4,523,000 5,959,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.5% 3.5% 0.0 3.6% 4.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.9% 2.9% 0.0 3.0% 3.7%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 9
Oct. 2
Change
Year

Federal Employees 10,756 4,844 +5,912 2,261
Newly Discharged Veterans 3,158 2,695 +463 2,700

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 2
Sept. 25
Change
Year

Federal Employees 32,134 32,016 +118 20,149
Newly Discharged Veterans 41,040 41,941 -901 30,780
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 11,000
Extended Benefits 1,033,717 907,298 +126,419 634,601
EUC 20083 4,040,113 3,888,001 +152,112 3,428,585

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 125,845,577 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 10/09/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
UT +1,089 No comment.
MA +1,192 No comment.
AK +1,226 No comment.
NJ +1,312 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
VA +1,328 Layoffs in the construction industry.
CO +1,346 No comment.
AL +1,454 Layoffs in the construction and primary metals industries.
TN +1,512 Layoffs in the trade, service, and industrial machinery industries.
MO +1,665 Layoffs in the service industry.
SC +1,690 Layoffs in the service and textile industries.
AZ +2,048 No comment.
IN +2,075 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
AR +2,211 No comment.
WA +2,319 Layoffs in the construction, public administration, and manufacturing industries.
GA +2,336 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.
MI +2,652 No comment.
IL +2,665 No comment.
MD +2,857 No comment.
OH +3,003 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TX +4,671 Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
PA +5,682 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
FL +7,229 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
CA +7,929 Layoffs in the service industry.
NC +8,470 Layoffs in the service, transportation, warehousing, textile, and petroleum industries.
NY +8,558 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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