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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 August 30, 2012
   

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 374,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised figure of 374,000. The 4-week moving average was 370,250, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 368,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending August 18, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 18, was 3,316,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,321,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,321,500, an increase of 9,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,312,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 309,923 in the week ending August 25, a decrease of 1,864 from the previous week. There were 336,761 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending August 18, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,103,455, a decrease of 65,115 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,473,182.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 11 was 5,532,245, a decrease of 62,253 from the previous week.

 

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Extended Benefits were only available in Idaho during the week ending August 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,291 in the week ending August 18, an increase of 145 from the prior week. There were 2,611 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 22 from the preceding week.

There were 17,558 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 11, an increase of 102 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,976, an increase of 489 from the prior week.

States reported 2,273,317 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending August 11, a decrease of 53,318 from the prior week. There were 3,118,042 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending August 11 were in Puerto Rico (4.4), theVirgin Islands (4.1), Pennsylvania (3.9), New Jersey (3.8), Connecticut (3.6), Alaska (3.6), California (3.4), Rhode Island (3.1), New York (3.0), and Nevada (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 18 were in Michigan (+2,383), Florida (+1,558), Colorado (+781), South Carolina (+774), and Texas (+517), while the largest decreases were in California (-5,549), Ohio (-1,379), Oregon (-1,098), Wisconsin (-539), and Virginia (-480).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance August 25 August 18 Change August 11 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 374,000 374,000 0 369,000 407,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 309,923 311,787 -1,864 317,680 336,761
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 370,250 368,750 +1,500 364,500 407,000
WEEK ENDING Advance August 18 August 11 Change August 4 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,316,000 3,321,000 -5,000 3,313,000 3,727,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,103,455 3,168,570 -65,115 3,180,011 3,473,182
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,321,500 3,312,500 +9,000 3,305,000 3,717,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 3.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.4% 2.5% -0.1 2.5% 2.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
August 18
August 11
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,291 1,146 +145 1,743
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,611 2,589 +22 2,742

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
August 11
August 4
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,159,836 3,172,438 -12,602 3,545,584
Federal Employees (UCFE) 17,558 17,456 +102 26,016
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,976 38,487 +489 38,033
EUC 20083 2,273,317 2,326,635 -53,318 3,118,042
Extended Benefits4 5,404 4,236 +1,168 556,162
State Additional Benefits 5 5,665 5,741 -76 4,405
STC / Workshare 6 31,489 29,505 +1,984 46,182
TOTAL 5,532,245 5,594,498 -62,253 7,334,424

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 127,495,952 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 paid, 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 08/18/2012


STATES WITH A INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI +2,383 No comment.
FL +1,558 Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade and retail trade industries.
     
     

STATES WITH AN DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -5,549 Layoffs in the service industry.
OH -1,379 No comment.
OR -1,098 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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