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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 436,000, an increase of 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 410,000. The 4-week moving average was 431,000, a decrease of 5,750 from the previous week's revised average of 436,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Nov. 20, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate of 3.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 20 was 4,270,000, an increase of 53,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,217,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,288,500, a decrease of 29,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,317,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 410,617 in the week ending Nov. 27, a decrease of 54,196 from the previous week. There were 457,669 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending Nov. 20, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,659,067, a decrease of 211,927 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.6 percent and the volume was 4,791,687.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Nov. 13 was 8,909,882.

 

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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. 13.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,132 in the week ending Nov. 20, a decrease of 169 from the prior week. There were 2,555 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 361 from the preceding week.

There were 48,899 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Nov. 13, an increase of 5,052 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,647, an increase of 641 from the prior week.

States reported 3,944,168 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Nov. 13, an increase of 142,874 from the prior week. There were 3,781,434 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. 13 were in Alaska (6.3 percent), Puerto Rico (5.3), Oregon (4.6), Pennsylvania (4.2), California (4.1), New Jersey (4.0), Nevada (3.9), Arkansas (3.6), Connecticut (3.6), Illinois (3.6), and Montana (3.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 20 were in California (+4,442), Pennsylvania (+4,124), Kentucky (+4,097), Illinois (+3,448), and Texas (+2,999), while the largest decreases were in Indiana (-1,161), Puerto Rico (-725), Hawaii (-253), the Virgin Islands (-18), and the District of Columbia (-7).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 27 Nov. 20 Change Nov. 13 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 436,000 410,000 +26,000 441,000 475,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 410,617 464,813 -54,196 409,545 457,669
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 431,000 436,750 -5,750 443,500 492,000
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 20 Nov. 13 Change Nov. 6 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,270,000 4,217,000 +53,000 4,324,000 5,520,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,659,067 3,870,994 -211,927 3,735,928 4,791,687
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,288,500 4,317,750 -29,250 4,360,500 5,583,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.4% 3.4% 0.0 3.4% 4.2%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.9% 3.1% -0.2 3.0% 3.6%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 20
Nov. 13
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 3,132 3,301 -169 2,311
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,555 2,194 +361 2,375

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 13
Nov. 6
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,854,813 3,722,997 +131,816 5,056,676
Federal Employees (UCFE) 48,899 43,847 +5,052 24,593
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 42,647 42,006 +641 36,408
EUC 20083 3,944,168 3,801,294 +142,874 3,781,434
Extended Benefits4 955,928 863,470 +92,458 631,498
State Additional Benefits 5 4,617 4,377 +240 3,847
STC / Workshare 6 58,810 54,511 +4,299 110,534
TOTAL 8,909,882 8,532,502 +377,380 9,644,990

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 11/20/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
IN -1,161 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
OK +1,038 No comment.
AR +1,059 Layoffs in the trade industry.
CT +1,130 Layoffs in the construction industry, and agriculture.
MO +1,233 No comment.
MS +1,322 No comment.
IA +1,387 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.
MN +1,679 No comment.
WA +1,737 Layoffs in the construction industry.
WI +1,767 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MI +2,088 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.
OR +2,091 No comment.
FL +2,152 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.
OH +2,774 Layoffs in the construction industry.
GA +2,917 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
TX +2,999 Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the service industry.
IL +3,448 No comment.
KY +4,097 Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
PA +4,124 Layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
CA +4,442 Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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