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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 November 8, 2012
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 355,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 363,000. The 4-week moving average was 370,500, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 367,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending October 27, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 27 was 3,127,000, a decrease of 135,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,262,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,227,750, a decrease of 38,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,266,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 355,406 in the week ending November 3, an increase of 15,489 from the previous week. There were 402,532 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent during the week ending October 27, 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 2,742,581, a decrease of 94,962 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,210,417.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 20 was 5,077,231, an increase of 41,864 from the previous week. There were 6,835,604 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 20.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,959 in the week ending October 27, an increase of 373 from the prior week. There were 2,656 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 161 from the preceding week.

There were 18,401 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 20, an increase of 257 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,541, a decrease of 177 from the prior week.

States reported 2,117,175 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 20, an increase of 18,529 from the prior week. There were 2,953,824 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 20 were in Alaska (4.5), Puerto Rico (4.0), Virgin Islands (3.7), California (3.2), Pennsylvania (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Connecticut (3.0), Oregon (2.9), Arkansas (2.7), and Nevada (2.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 27 were in Oregon (+2,379), Indiana (+1,663), California (+1,139), Minnesota (+592), and Wisconsin (+589), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-3,782), Tennessee (-1,756), Maryland (-1,361), Florida (-1,141), and New Jersey (-1,080).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 3 Oct. 27 Change Oct. 20 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 355,000 363,000 -8,000 372,000 388,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 355,406 339,917 +15,489 345,226 402,532
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 370,500 367,250 +3,250 368,750 396,250
WEEK ENDING Advance Oct. 27 Oct. 20 Change Oct. 13 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,127,000 3,262,000 -135,000 3,259,000 3,644,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,742,581 2,837,543 -94,962 2,815,723 3,210,417
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,227,750 3,266,250 -38,500 3,272,750 3,677,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.4% 2.5% -0.1 2.5% 2.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.1% 2.2% -0.1 2.2% 2.5%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Oct. 27
Oct. 20
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,959 1,586 +373 2,606
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,656 2,817 -161 2,712

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Oct. 20
Oct. 13
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,829,882 2,807,582 +22,300 3,188,365
Federal Employees (UCFE) 18,401 18,144 +257 28,657
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 39,541 39,718 -177 41,066
EUC 20083 2,117,175 2,098,646 +18,529 2,953,824
Extended Benefits4 37,343 35,741 +1,602 575,791
State Additional Benefits 5 5,843 5,841 +2 4,753
STC / Workshare 6 29,046 29,695 -649 43,148
TOTAL 5,077,231 5,035,367 +41,864 6,835,604

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 10/27/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NC -3,782 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, electronic, machinery, and non classifiable industry.
TN -1,756 No comment.
MD -1,361 No comment.
FL -1,141 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, retail, and service industries.
NJ -1,080 Fewer layoffs in the accommodation and food service, administrative, construction, healthcare and social assistance, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
OR +2,379 Initial claims are up due to inclement weather.
IN +1,663

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

CA +1,139 Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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