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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 454,000, an increase of 51,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 403,000. The 4-week moving average was 428,750, an increase of 15,750 from the previous week's revised average of 413,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.2 percent for the week ending Jan. 15, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.1 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 15 was 3,991,000, an increase of 94,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,897,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,975,500, a decrease of 39,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,015,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 482,399 in the week ending Jan. 22, a decrease of 67,491 from the previous week. There were 502,710 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during the week ending Jan. 15, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,593,535, a decrease of 58,900 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.3 percent and the volume was 5,602,357.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Jan. 8 was 9,410,977.

 

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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, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, during the week ending Jan. 8.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,842 in the week ending Jan. 15, a decrease of 1,633 from the prior week. There were 2,690 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 170 from the preceding week.

There were 50,709 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 8, an increase of 1,877 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,676, an increase of 726 from the prior week.

States reported 3,783,493 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 8, an increase of 63,886 from the prior week. There were 5,348,277 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 8 were in Alaska (7.5 percent), Oregon (5.4), Wisconsin (5.4), Idaho (5.3), Pennsylvania (5.2), Montana (5.1), Puerto Rico (5.0), Michigan (4.9), California (4.8), Connecticut (4.7), and New Jersey (4.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 15 were in Florida (+6,646), Nevada (+242), and the Virgin Islands (+103), while the largest decreases were in New York (-28,714), Georgia (-19,429), North Carolina (-16,132), Pennsylvania (-14,859), and California (-14,309).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 22 Jan. 15 Change Jan. 8 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 454,000 403,000 +51,000 447,000 476,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 482,399 549,890 -67,491 773,499 502,710
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 428,750 413,000 +15,750 417,250 472,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 15 Jan. 8 Change Jan. 1 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,991,000 3,897,000 +94,000 3,887,000 4,838,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,593,535 4,652,435 -58,900 4,777,291 5,602,357
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,975,500 4,015,250 -39,750 4,058,500 4,898,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.2% 3.1% +0.1 3.1% 3.7%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.7% 3.7% 0.0 3.8% 4.3%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 15
Jan. 8
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 3,842 5,475 -1,633 2,024
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,690 2,860 -170 2,468

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 8
Jan. 1
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 4,639,683 4,763,229 -123,546 5,768,910
Federal Employees (UCFE) 50,709 48,832 +1,877 26,238
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 42,676 41,950 +726 37,884
EUC 20083 3,783,493 3,719,607 +63,886 5,348,277
Extended Benefits4 835,539 997,452 -161,913 262,030
State Additional Benefits 5 6,644 6,978 -334 1,799
STC / Workshare 6 52,233 56,755 -4,522 90,004
TOTAL 9,410,977 9,634,803 -223,826 11,535,142

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 125,560,066 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 01/15/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -28,714 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
GA -19,429 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NC -16,132 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, food, textile, furniture, rubber/plastics, and lumber/wood industries.
PA -14,859 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
CA -14,309 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
IL -10,155 No comment.
AL -9,550 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
MI -9,464 Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.
SC -7,318 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TX -7,190 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
OH -6,776 No comment.
WI -6,640 No comment.
CT -6,545 Fewer layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.
WA -6,228 No comment.
VA -6,107 State offices were closed 1/14/2011, as well as fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MO -5,871 No comment.
IN -5,608 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and trade industries.
MA -5,317 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NJ -4,579 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
TN -4,576 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
KS -4,541 No comment.
KY -3,218 No comment.
MN -3,054 No comment.
MD -2,957 No comment.
OR -2,203 No comment.
CO -1,733 No comment.

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STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MS -1,728 No comment.
LA -1,504 No comment.
AZ -1,328 No comment.
AR -1,266 Fewer layoffs in the trade industry.
MT -1,206 No comment.
UT -1,017 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL +6,646 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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