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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 November 1, 2012
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 363,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 372,000. The 4-week moving average was 367,250, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 368,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending October 20, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 20 was 3,263,000, an increase of 4,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,259,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,266,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,272,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 339,750 in the week ending October 27, a decrease of 5,476 from the previous week. There were 369,647 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending October 20, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,839,018, an increase of 23,295 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,199,527.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 13 was 5,035,367, an increase of 112,147 from the previous week. There were 6,783,614 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 October 13.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,586 in the week ending October 20, a decrease of 405 from the prior week. There were 2,817 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 7 from the preceding week.

There were 18,144 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 13, an increase of 575 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,718, an increase of 1,603 from the prior week.

States reported 2,098,646 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 13, an increase of 45,689 from the prior week. There were 2,945,642 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 October 13 were in Alaska (4.0), Puerto Rico (3.7), Virgin Islands (3.4), New Jersey (3.2), California (3.1), Pennsylvania (3.1), Connecticut (3.0), Oregon (2.8), Nevada (2.7), Arkansas (2.6), Illinois (2.6), New York (2.6), and North Carolina (2.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 20 were in North Carolina (+2,400), Pennsylvania (+1,679), New Jersey (+1,575), Georgia (+1,477), and Tennessee (+888), while the largest decreases were in California (-16,586), Florida (-2,414), Texas (-1,572), Michigan (-1,308), and Ohio
(-1,214).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance October 27 October 20 Change October 13 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 363,000 372,000 -9,000 392,000 398,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 339,750 345,226 -5,476 362,730 369,647
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 367,250 368,750 -1,500 366,500 399,750
WEEK ENDING Advance October 20 October 13 Change October 6 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,263,000 3,259,000 +4,000 3,263,000 3,682,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,839,018 2,815,723 +23,295 2,753,759 3,199,527
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,266,500 3,272,750 -6,250 3,278,250 3,686,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.5% 2.5% 0.0 2.5% 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
October 20
October 13
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,586 1,991 -405 2,319
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,817 2,824 -7 2,670

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
October 13
October 6
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,807,582 2,746,361 +61,221 3,188,368
Federal Employees (UCFE) 18,144 17,569 +575 29,229
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 39,718 38,115 +1,603 41,086
EUC 20083 2,098,646 2,052,957 +45,689 2,945,642
Extended Benefits4 35,741 34,389 +1,352 540,500
State Additional Benefits 5 5,841 6,151 -310 4,551
STC / Workshare 6 29,695 27,678 +2,017 34,238
TOTAL 5,035,367 4,923,220 +112,147 6,783,614

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 128,066,082 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 10/20/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -16,586 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
FL -2,414 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, trade, service, and retail industries.
TX -1,572 No comment.
MI -1,308 No comment.
OH -1,214 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
VA -1,105 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
NC +2,400 Layoffs across all sectors, with the largest share from the service industry.
PA +1,679

Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, trade, retail, and service industries.

NJ +1,575 Layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.
GA +1,477 Layoffs in the manufacturing, and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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