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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 375,000, an increase of 69,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 306,000. The 4-week moving average was 325,750, an increase of 10,250 from the previous week's revised average of 315,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.0 percent for the week ending Jan. 19, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 19 was 2,716,000, an increase of 47,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,669,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,705,000, a decrease of 9,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,714,500.  

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 366,891 in the week ending Jan. 26, a decrease of 48,258 from the previous week. There were 359,959 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending Jan. 19, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,256,984, a decrease of 15,016 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,103,449.

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Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Jan. 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,540 in the week ending Jan. 19, a decrease of 710 from the prior week. There were 1,740 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 41 from the preceding week.

There were 17,871 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 12, a decrease of 2,664 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 24,301, a decrease of 656 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 12 were in Alaska (4.6 percent), Michigan (4.3), Rhode Island (4.0), Pennsylvania (3.8), Idaho (3.7), Wisconsin (3.7), Oregon (3.6), New Jersey (3.5), Massachusetts (3.3), Illinois (3.2), and Vermont (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 19 were in Florida (+4,305), Louisiana (+979), and Illinois (+468), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-15,401), California
(-14,332), Pennsylvania (-11,960), Tennessee (-10,478), and Georgia (-8,329).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 26 Jan. 19 Change Jan. 12 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 375,000 306,000 +69,000 300,000 317,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 366,891 415,149 -48,258 547,506 359,959
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 325,750 315,500 +10,250 328,250 310,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 19 Jan. 12 Change Jan. 5 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,716,000 2,669,000 +47,000 2,747,000 2,513,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,256,984 3,272,000 -15,016 3,508,053 3,103,449
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,705,000 2,714,500 -9,500 2,725,500 2,465,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.0% 2.0% 0.0 2.1% 1.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.4% 2.5% -0.1 2.6% 2.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 19
Jan. 12
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,540 2,250 -710 1,416
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,740 1,781 -41 1,779

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 12
Jan. 5
Change
Year

Federal Employees 17,871 20,535 -2,664 17,545
Newly Discharged Veterans 24,301 24,957 -656 25,505
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 5,000
Extended Benefits 1 0 +1 0

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 133,010,953 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/19/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NC -15,401 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, textile, and furniture industries.
CA -14,332 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
PA -11,960 Fewer layoffs in the public administration and manufacturing industries.
TN -10,478 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
GA -8,329 Fewer layoffs in the textile and service industries.
NY -5,709 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
SC -5,595 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
IN -5,257 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
MO -5,210 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL -4,543 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
MI -3,967 No comment.
CT -3,805 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
VA -3,747 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
WI -3,717 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NJ -3,279 Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.
KY -2,905 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
OH -2,800 No comment.
MD -2,062 No comment.
MA -1,755 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
DE -1,720 No comment.
OR -1,709 No comment.
MN -1,635 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
MS -1,534 No comment.
TX -1,489 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
ID -1,432 No comment.
IA -1,280 No comment.
WA -1,264 No comment.
RI -1,098 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
AK -1,084 No comment.
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STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL +4,305 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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