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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 407,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 441,000. The 4-week moving average was 436,000, a decrease of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 443,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent for the week ending Nov. 13, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 13 was 4,182,000, a decrease of 142,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,324,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,309,000, a decrease of 51,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,360,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 462,027 in the week ending Nov. 20, an increase of 52,490 from the previous week. There were 542,492 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.1 percent during the week ending Nov. 13, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,839,033, an increase of 103,105 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.9 percent and the volume was 5,081,961.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Nov. 6 was 8,532,502.

 

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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 Nov. 6.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,301 in the week ending Nov. 13, a decrease of 72 from the prior week. There were 2,194 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 330 from the preceding week.

There were 43,847 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Nov. 6, a decrease of 2,675 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,006, a decrease of 713 from the prior week.

States reported 3,801,294 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Nov. 6, a decrease of 160,191 from the prior week. There were 3,583,412 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 Nov. 6 were in Puerto Rico (5.8 percent), Alaska (5.7), Oregon (4.3), Pennsylvania (4.0), California (3.9), Nevada (3.9), New Jersey (3.9), Arkansas (3.6), Connecticut (3.6), South Carolina (3.5), and Wisconsin (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 13 were in Indiana (+2,094), Michigan (+985), Montana (+159), Louisiana (+67), and North Dakota (+38), while the largest decreases were in California (-5,044), Pennsylvania (-4,494), North Carolina (-2,685), Texas (-2,632), and Wisconsin
(-2,416).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 20 Nov. 13 Change Nov. 6 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 407,000 441,000 -34,000 437,000 477,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 462,027 409,537 +52,490 452,657 542,492
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 436,000 443,500 -7,500 447,000 503,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 13 Nov. 6 Change Oct. 30 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,182,000 4,324,000 -142,000 4,343,000 5,506,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,839,033 3,735,928 +103,105 3,783,092 5,081,961
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,309,000 4,360,500 -51,500 4,398,750 5,640,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.3% 3.4% -0.1 3.5% 4.2%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.1% 3.0% +0.1 3.0% 3.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 13
Nov. 6
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 3,301 3,373 -72 2,412
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,194 2,524 -330 1,992

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 6
Oct. 30
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,722,997 3,766,898 -43,901 4,861,478
Federal Employees (UCFE) 43,847 46,522 -2,675 23,226
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 42,006 42,719 -713 34,677
EUC 20083 3,801,294 3,961,485 -160,191 3,583,412
Extended Benefits4 863,470 965,710 -102,240 586,330
State Additional Benefits 5 4,377 4,333 +44 10,799
STC / Workshare 6 54,511 61,219 -6,708 105,132
TOTAL 8,532,502 8,848,886 -316,384 9,205,054

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 11/13/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -5,044 A shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the service industry.
PA -4,494 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and furniture industries.
NC -2,685 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, transportation, and textile industries.
TX -2,632 A shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the trade, service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
WI -2,416 No comment.
GA -2,257 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NJ -2,062 A shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the service, transportation, and warehousing industries.
OR -1,966 No comment.
MA -1,758 Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.
TN -1,739 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and textile industries.
AR -1,686 No comment.
OH -1,620 No comment.
WA -1,508 No comment.
KY -1,361 No comment.
FL -1,252 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
IL -1,207 No comment.
MO -1,171 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
MS -1,106 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
IN +2,094 Layoffs in the automobile industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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