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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 435,000, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 459,000. The 4-week moving average was 446,500, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised average of 456,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Oct. 30, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 30 was 4,301,000, a decrease of 86,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,387,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,388,250, a decrease of 35,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,424,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 449,905 in the week ending Nov. 6, an increase of 28,808 from the previous week. There were 531,743 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending Oct. 30, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,745,901, a decrease of 13,638 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.8 percent and the volume was 4,961,610.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Oct. 23 was 8,624,679.

 

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Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,769 in the week ending Oct. 30, a decrease of 35 from the prior week. There were 2,505 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 88 from the preceding week.

There were 43,177 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 23, a decrease of 2,142 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 44,461, a decrease of 14,445 from the prior week.

States reported 3,815,914 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 23, a decrease of 162,460 from the prior week. There were 3,520,253 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. 23 were in Puerto Rico (6.1 percent), Alaska (5.2), California (4.1), Oregon (4.1), Pennsylvania (4.0), Nevada (3.9), New Jersey (3.9), Connecticut (3.6), Arkansas (3.5), South Carolina (3.5), and Wisconsin (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 30 were in California (+6,387), Kentucky (+2,901), Wisconsin (+2,644), Oregon (+2,296), and Indiana (+1,920), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-3,450), South Carolina (-2,401), Illinois (-997), Georgia (-923), and Pennsylvania (-897).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 6 Oct. 30 Change Oct. 23 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 435,000 459,000 -24,000 437,000 507,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 449,905 421,097 +28,808 408,488 531,743
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 446,500 456,500 -10,000 454,000 523,000
WEEK ENDING Advance Oct. 30 Oct. 23 Change Oct. 16 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,301,000 4,387,000 -86,000 4,388,000 5,683,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,745,901 3,759,539 -13,638 3,769,435 4,961,610
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,388,250 4,424,000 -35,750 4,455,000 5,780,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.4% 3.5% -0.1 3.5% 4.3%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.0% 3.0% 0.0 3.0% 3.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Oct. 30
Oct. 23
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 3,769 3,804 -35 2,444
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,505 2,593 -88 2,326

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Oct. 23
Oct. 16
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,744,373 3,753,481 -9,108 4,906,722
Federal Employees (UCFE) 43,177 45,319 -2,142 22,617
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 44,461 58,906 -14,445 34,292
EUC 20083 3,815,914 3,978,374 -162,460 3,520,253
Extended Benefits4 911,239 1,034,703 -123,464 564,564
State Additional Benefits 5 4,350 4,040 310 10,137
STC / Workshare 6 61,165 57,727 3,438 111,825
TOTAL 8,624,679 8,932,550 -307,871 9,170,410

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. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate and the extent of benefits can be  found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 10/30/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL -3,450 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
SC -2,401 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MN +1,000 No comment.
VA +1,044 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL +1,073 Layoffs in the textile industry.
OH +1,309 Layoffs in the automobile and primary metals industries.
WA +1,417 No comment.
IN +1,920 Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
OR +2,296 No comment.
WI +2,644 No comment.
KY +2,901 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
CA +6,387 Layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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