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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Oct. 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 434,000, a decrease of 21,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 455,000. The 4-week moving average was 453,250, a decrease of 5,500 from the previous week's revised average of 458,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Oct. 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 Oct. 16 was 4,356,000, a decrease of 122,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,478,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,447,250, a decrease of 38,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,485,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 405,639 in the week ending Oct. 23, an increase of 11,678 from the previous week. There were 494,476 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending Oct. 16, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,742,003, an increase of 25,405 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.8 percent and the volume was 4,984,950.

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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. 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 5,441 in the week ending Oct. 16, a decrease of 5,308 from the prior week. There were 2,599 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 556 from the preceding week.

There were 37,306 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 9, an increase of 5,136 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 41,689, an increase of 695 from the prior week.

States reported 3,782,011 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 9, a decrease of 258,102 from the prior week. There were 3,407,257 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. 9 were in Puerto Rico (6.9 percent), Alaska (4.9), Oregon (4.1), Pennsylvania (4.1), Nevada (4.0), California (3.9), New Jersey (3.8), Connecticut (3.6), South Carolina (3.5), and Wisconsin (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 16 were in Puerto Rico (+1,115), Minnesota (+521), Wisconsin (+294), Florida (+190), and Alabama (+158), while the largest decreases were in California (-13,701), North Carolina (-6,607), New York (-6,382), Pennsylvania (-5,248), and Texas (-4,385).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

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

Initial Claims (SA) 434,000 455,000 -21,000 475,000 528,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 405,639 393,961 +11,678 462,667 494,476
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 453,250 458,750 -5,500 462,250 528,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Oct. 16. Oct. 9 Change Oct. 2 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,356,000 4,478,000 -122,000 4,444,000 5,803,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,742,003 3,716,598 +25,405 3,705,942 4,984,950
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,447,250 4,485,750 -38,500 4,499,750 5,908,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.5% 3.6% -0.1 3.5% 4.4%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.0% 3.0% 0.0 2.9% 3.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 16
Oct. 9
Change
Year

Federal Employees 5,441 10,749 -5,308 1,937
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,599 3,155 -556 2,482

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 9
Oct. 2
Change
Year

Federal Employees 37,306 32,170 +5,136 21,269
Newly Discharged Veterans 41,689 40,994 +695 33,139
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 10,000
Extended Benefits 875,591 1,031,584 -155,993 569,507
EUC 20083 3,782,011 4,040,113 -258,102 3,407,257

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 10/16/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -13,701 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
NC -6,607 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, textile, petroleum, and lumber/wood industries.
NY -6,382 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
PA -5,248 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
TX -4,385 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
IL -3,437 No comment.
GA -3,360 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
NJ -3,108 A shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MD -3,022 No comment.
OH -2,792 No comment.
MA -1,946 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
AZ -1,646 No comment.
MI -1,522 No comment.
VA -1,479 Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.
CO -1,471 No comment.
WA -1,456 No comment.
CT -1,312 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
PR +1,115 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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