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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL 10-1516-NAT
   
   
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Oct. 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 457,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 437,000. The 4-week moving average was 456,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 454,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Oct. 23, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 23 was 4,340,000, a decrease of 42,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,382,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,410,750, a decrease of 42,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,453,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 419,351 in the week ending Oct. 30, an increase of 10,881 from the previous week. There were 482,612 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending Oct. 23, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,719,209, a decrease of 45,084 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.7 percent and the volume was 4,932,036.

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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. 16.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,802 in the week ending Oct. 23, a decrease of 1,638 from the prior week. There were 2,593 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 5 from the preceding week.

There were 45,159 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 16, an increase of 7,853 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 58,829, an increase of 17,143 from the prior week.

States reported 3,978,374 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 16, an increase of 198,579 from the prior week. There were 3,496,960 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. 16 were in Puerto Rico (5.8 percent), Alaska (5.0), California (4.1), Oregon (4.1), Pennsylvania (4.1), New Jersey (3.9), Nevada (3.7), Connecticut (3.6), Wisconsin (3.6), Arkansas (3.5), and South Carolina (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 23 were in California (+3,755), Illinois (+3,710), Pennsylvania (+2,256), Georgia (+1,593), and Michigan (+1,480), while the largest decreases were in Kentucky (-1,699), Florida (-1,615), Puerto Rico (-1,153), Indiana (-1,095), and Alabama
(-1,087).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Oct. 30 Oct. 23 Change Oct. 16 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 457,000 437,000 +20,000 455,000 522,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 419,351 408,470 +10,881 394,016 482,612
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 456,000 454,000 +2,000 458,750 526,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Oct. 23 Oct. 16 Change Oct. 9 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,340,000 4,382,000 -42,000 4,477,000 5,748,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,719,209 3,764,293 -45,084 3,715,958 4,932,036
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,410,750 4,453,500 -42,750 4,485,500 5,848,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.4% 3.5% -0.1 3.6% 4.4%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.0% 3.0% 0.0 3.0% 3.7%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 23
Oct. 16
Change
Year

Federal Employees 3,802 5,440 -1,638 2,106
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,593 2,598 -5 2,551

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 16
Oct. 9
Change
Year

Federal Employees 45,159 37,306 +7,853 21,697
Newly Discharged Veterans 58,829 41,686 +17,143 33,938
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 10,000
Extended Benefits 1,034,703 875,569 +159,134 591,682
EUC 20083 3,978,374 3,779,795 +198,579 3,496,960

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 10/23/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
KY -1,699 No comment.
FL -1,615 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
PR -1,153 No comment.
IN -1,095 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
AL -1,087 Fewer layoffs in the service and furniture industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
SC +1,258 Layoffs in the industrial machinery industry.
NJ +1,305 Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
MA +1,473 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MI +1,480 No comment.
GA +1,593 Layoffs in the trade and service industries.
PA +2,256 Layoffs in the trade and service industries.
IL +3,710 No comment.
CA +3,755 Layoffs in forestry, fishing, and agriculture.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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