U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

UI

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEURA

ISSUE DATE

June 29, 1993

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

 

DIRECTIVE

:

UIS INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 16-93

 

TO

:

ALL REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS

 

FROM

:

MARY ANN WYRSCH
Director
Unemployment Insurance Service

 

SUBJECT

:

An Explanation of the Calculation and Dissemination of the 2-Month Average Seasonally Adjusted Total Unemployment Rate (TUR) for Purposes of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program

 

  1. Purpose. To inform Regional Unemployment Insurance staff of the process by which the national 2-month average seasonally adjusted TUR is calculated and released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the method by which Regions will be informed of its level.

  2. Explanation. Each month on the Friday that the BLS releases the national employment and unemployment data, they also compute a national 2-month average seasonally adjusted TUR for the purpose of determining applicable benefit levels available in the EUC Program. The procedure that BLS uses to calculate the national 2-month average seasonally adjusted rate is to take the sum of the seasonally adjusted number of unemployed workers for the applicable two-month period and divide it by the sum of the seasonally adjusted civilian labor force for the same two months, carrying out the result to as many decimal places as the computer program allows. The number is multiplied by 100 and rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent (if the digit in the hundredths position is 5 or greater, the rate is rounded up). The unemployed worker and the civilian labor force data used as inputs are both rounded to the nearest thousand.

    The official BLS data is made available to the public at 8:30 a.m. EDT on the morning of its release, usually the first Friday of each month. Shortly thereafter, a fax transmittal is sent by the BLS to the UIS national office disclosing the national 2-month average seasonally adjusted rate for purposes of the EUC Program.

    Prior to 10:00 a.m. EDT, a fax will be sent by ETA's Office of Regional Management to all ETA Regional Administrators, with copies to all UI Regional Directors, relaying the information received by the BLS and summarizing its implications. In the case where benefit levels change based on the national 2-month average TUR, an official memorandum will be sent from the Office of Regional Management to the Regional Administrators stating what the new benefit levels will be, when they will become effective, and what steps are necessary to accommodate such a change.

    The schedule of BLS employment and unemployment data release dates and related effective dates of potential changes to the level of benefits available in the EUC Program based on the national 2-month average TUR for the remaining period that the EUC Program is in effect are as follows:

      Effective-Date of a  
    BLS Release Date Months Reflected Benefit Level Change
    July 2 May/June July 11
    August 6 June/July August 15
    September 3 July/August September 12

  3. Action Required. Regional Administrators are requested to make a copy of this letter available to all appropriate staff.

  4. Inquiries. Any questions related to this bulletin should be directed to Tom Stengle at (202) 219-4630.