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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Sept. 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 497,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 496,000. It is estimated that the effects of Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana and the effects of Hurricane Ike in Texas added approximately 45,000 claims to the total. The 4-week moving average was 474,000, an increase of 11,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 462,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent for the week ending Sept. 20, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate of 2.7 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 20 was 3,591,000, an increase of 48,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,543,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,528,500, an increase of 46,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,481,750.
The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 3.056 million.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 390,837 in the week ending Sept. 27, a decrease of 7,233 from the previous week. There were 255,431 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the
week ending Sept. 20, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted
number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,009,578,
a decrease of 5,296 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.6
percent and the volume was 2,140,701.
Extended benefits were available in Alaska and Rhode Island during the week ending Sept. 13.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,088 in the week ending Sept. 20, an increase of 11 from the prior week. There were 1,639 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 190 from the preceding week.
There were 13,729 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Sept. 13, an increase of 342 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 22,120, an increase of 199 from the prior week.
States reported 1,431,754 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Sept. 13, an increase of 374,830 from the prior week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Sept. 13 were in Puerto Rico (5.2 percent), Michigan (3.3), California (3.2), New Jersey (3.2), Oregon (3.2), Nevada (3.1), Pennsylvania (3.0), South Carolina (3.0), Rhode Island (2.8), and Arkansas (2.7).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 20 were in Texas (+22,235), Louisiana (+9,671), Washington (+2,407), Michigan (+1,640), and Ohio (+1,426), while the largest decreases were in Kansas (-3,223), South Carolina (-2,730), North Carolina (-2,617), New York (-1,973), and Tennessee (-1,593).
|WEEK ENDING||Sept. 27||Sept. 20||Change||Sept. 13||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||497,000||496,000||+1,000||458,000||324,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||390,837||398,070||-7,233||382,249||255,431|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||474,000||462,500||+11,500||445,750||318,500|
|WEEK ENDING||Sept. 20||Sept. 13||Change||Sept. 6||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||3,591,000||3,543,000||+48,000||3,448,000||2,555,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||3,009,578||3,014,874||-5,296||3,040,859||2,140,701|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||3,528,500||3,481,750||+46,750||3,453,250||2,566,500|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||2.7%||2.7%||0.0||2.6%||1.9%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,639||1,829||-190||1,782|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||22,120||21,921||+199||22,315|
|Railroad Retirement Board||3,000||3,000||0||3,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 09/20/2008
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|SC||-2,730||Fewer layoffs in the textile and industrial machinery industries.|
|NC||-2,617||Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, textile, furniture, and lumber/wood industries.|
|NY||-1,973||Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.|
|TN||-1,593||Fewer layoffs in the rubber/plastics, transportation equipment, industrial machinery, electrical equipment, and primary metals industries.|
|VA||-1,452||Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.|
|IL||-1,369||Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.|
|GA||-1,298||Fewer layoffs in the textile industry.|
|AL||-1,126||Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment and service industries.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|FL||+1,236||Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|OH||+1,426||Layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|MI||+1,640||Layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|WA||+2,407||Layoffs in the transportation equipment and industrial machinery industries.|
|LA||+9,671||Claims were Hurricane Gust related.|
|TX||+22,235||Layoffs in the trade, finance, and manufacturing industries.|
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