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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 October 11, 2012
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 369,000. The 4-week moving average was 364,000, a decrease of 11,500 from the previous week's revised average of 375,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending September 29, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 29 was 3,273,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,288,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,279,250, a decrease of 7,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,287,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 327,063 in the week ending October 6, an increase of 25,990 from the previous week. There were 405,906 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending September 29, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,778,396, a decrease of 42,837 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,113,245.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 22 was 5,044,649, a decrease of 43,970 from the previous week. There were 6,819,938 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

 

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Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending September 22.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,545 in the week ending September 29, an increase of 230 from the prior week. There were 2,514 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 4 from the preceding week.

There were 17,283 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending September 22, an increase of 704 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,511, a decrease of 18 from the prior week.

States reported 2,106,072 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending September 22, a decrease of 36,977 from the prior week. There were 3,016,035 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 September 22 were in Puerto Rico (3.9), Alaska (3.7), Virgin Islands (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), California (3.1), Connecticut (2.9), Nevada (2.7), and Oregon (2.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 29 were in New York (+2,764), California (+2,069), North Carolina (+1,217), Pennsylvania (+989), and Arkansas (+538), while the largest decreases were in Mississippi (-3,393), Michigan (-2,639), Florida (-1,972), Ohio (-1,723), and Oregon (-1,135).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Oct. 6 Sept. 29 Change Sept. 22 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 339,000 369,000 -30,000 363,000 402,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 327,063 301,073 +25,990 303,685 405,906
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 364,000 375,500 -11,500 375,000 403,500
WEEK ENDING Advance Sept. 29 Sept. 22 Change Sept. 15 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,273,000 3,288,000 -15,000 3,281,000 3,680,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,778,396 2,821,233 -42,837 2,841,521 3,113,245
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,279,250 3,287,000 -7,750 3,298,000 3,705,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 2.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.2% 2.2% 0.0 2.2% 2.5%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Sept. 29
Sept. 22
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,545 1,315 +230 2,424
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,514 2,510 +4 2,748

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Sept. 22
Sept. 15
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,813,897 2,834,061 -20,164 3,155,266
Federal Employees (UCFE) 17,283 16,579 +704 24,928
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,511 38,529 -18 39,134
EUC 20083 2,106,072 2,143,049 -36,977 3,016,035
Extended Benefits4 35,186 21,384 +13,802 535,518
State Additional Benefits 5 6,295 6,311 -16 4,693
STC / Workshare 6 27,405 28,706 -1,301 44,364
TOTAL 5,044,649 5,088,619 -43,970 6,819,938

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 09/29/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MS -3,393 No comment.
MI -2,639 No comment.
FL -1,972 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction manufacturing, and wholesale trade industries.
OH -1,723 Fewer layoffs in the manufacutring industry.
OR -1,135 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
NY +2,764 Layoffs in the construction, transportation, and food service industry.
CA +2,069

No comment.

NC +1,217 Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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