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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 September 8, 2011
   

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending September 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 414,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 412,000. The 4-week moving average was 414,750, an increase of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average of 411,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending August 27, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 27 was 3,717,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,747,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,734,500, an increase of 5,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,729,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 346,065 in the week ending September 3, an increase of 9,355 from the previous week. There were 381,863 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent during the week ending August 27, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,416,001, a decrease of 57,181 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.3 percent and the volume was 4,138,965.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 20 was 7,169,176, a decrease of 167,009 from the previous week.

 

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, 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, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending August 20.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,015 in the week ending August 27, an increase of 272 from the prior week. There were 2,687 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 55 from the preceding week.

There were 23,988 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 20, a decrease of 2,028 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,171, an increase of 138 from the prior week.

States reported 3,060,622 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending August 20, a decrease of 57,420 from the prior week. There were 4,507,669 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 August 20 were in Puerto Rico (5.1), New Jersey (4.1),Pennsylvania (4.1), Alaska (3.8) , Connecticut (3.8), California (3.7), Rhode Island (3.7), Oregon (3.6), Nevada (3.4), Massachusetts (3.2), and New York (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 27 were in California (+3,337), South Carolina (+3,108), Florida (+914), Kansas (+437), and Arkansas (+232) while the largest decreases were in New Jersey(-2,415), Pennsylvania (-2,371), Oregon (-1,680), North Carolina (-1,591), and Massachusetts (-1,438).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance September 3 August 27 Change August 20 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 414,000 412,000 +2,000 421,000 455,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 346,065 336,710 +9,355 344,870 381,863
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 414,750 411,000 +3,750 408,500 470,000
WEEK ENDING Advance August 27 August 20 Change August 13 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,717,000 3,747,000 -30,000 3,753,000 4,519,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,416,001 3,473,182 -57,181 3,557,586 4,138,965
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,734,500 3,729,000 +5,500 3,729,250 4,480,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.0 3.0 0.0 3.0 3.6
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.7 2.8 -0.1 2.8 3.3

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
August 27
August 20
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,015 1,743 +272 4,720
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,687 2,742 -55 2,645

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
August 20
August 13
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,461,773 3,545,584 -83,811 4,110,662
Federal Employees (UCFE) 23,988 26,016 -2,028 25,042
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,171 38,033 +138 40,801
EUC 20083 3,060,622 3,118,042 -57,420 4,507,669
Extended Benefits4 536,892 557,923 -21,031 959,812
State Additional Benefits 5 4,165 4,405 -240 3,567
STC / Workshare 6 43,565 46,182 -2,617 61,139
TOTAL 7,169,176 7,336,185 -167,009 9,708,692

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 125,807,389 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 08/27/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NJ -2,415 Fewer layoffs in the information, trade, and transportation industries.
PA -2,371 No comment.
OR -1,680 No comment.
NC -1,591 Fewer layoffs in the non classifiable establishments, and the textile industry.
MA -1,438 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
SC +3,108 Layoffs in the machinery manufacturing industry.
CA +3,337 Layoffs in all sectors, and largest increase the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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