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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 November 15, 2012
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 439,000, an increase of 78,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 361,000. The 4-week moving average was 383,750, an increase of 11,750 from the previous week's revised average of 372,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending November 3, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 3 was 3,334,000, an increase of 171,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,163,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,254,500, an increase of 17,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,236,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 466,348 in the week ending November 10, an increase of 104,548 from the previous week. There were 363,016 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending November 3, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,933,855, an increase of 159,551 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,177,477.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 27 was 4,977,808, a decrease of 100,423 from the previous week. There were 6,773,260 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 27.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,544 in the week ending November 3, a decrease of 415 from the prior week. There were 2,649 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 7 from the preceding week.

There were 18,400 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 27, a decrease of 1 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,932, a decrease of 609 from the prior week.

States reported 2,085,605 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 27, a decrease of 32,570 from the prior week. There were 2,935,466 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 27 were in Alaska (4.5), Puerto Rico (3.9), California (3.0), Oregon (3.0), Pennsylvania (3.0), Virgin Islands (2.9), Arkansas (2.7), Nevada (2.7), New Jersey (2.7), Illinois (2.6), New York (2.6), and North Carolina (2.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 3 were in Pennsylvania (+7,766), Ohio (+6,450), New Jersey (+5,675), Michigan (+2,373), and Connecticut (+1,783), while the largest decreases were in California (-8,149), New York (-2,241), Florida (-939), Georgia (-913), and Indiana
(-603).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 10 Nov. 3 Change Oct. 27 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 439,000 361,000 +78,000 363,000 392,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 466,348 361,800 +104,548 339,917 363,016
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 383,750 372,000 +11,750 367,250 393,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 3 Oct. 27 Change Oct. 20 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,334,000 3,163,000 +171,000 3,262,000 3,619,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,933,855 2,774,304 +159,551 2,837,543 3,177,477
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,254,500 3,236,750 +17,750 3,266,250 3,655,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.5% +0.1 2.5% 2.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.3% 2.2% +0.1 2.2% 2.5%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 3
Oct. 27
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,544 1,959 -415 2,129
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,649 2,656 -7 2,765

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Oct. 27
Oct. 20
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,767,481 2,829,882 -62,401 3,200,997
Federal Employees (UCFE) 18,400 18,401 -1 28,887
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,932 39,541 -609 41,072
EUC 20083 2,085,605 2,118,175 -32,570 2,935,466
Extended Benefits4 36,584 37,343 -759 523,772
State Additional Benefits 5 5,627 5,843 -216 4,674
STC / Workshare 6 25,179 29,046 -3,867 38,392
TOTAL 4,977,808 5,078,231 -100,423 6,773,260

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 11/3/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -8,149 Fewer layoffs in all sectors, with the largest in service industry.
NY -2,241 Fewer layoffs in the retail, healthcare and social assistance, and food service industries. Power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy contributed to the decrease in initial claims as state systems were unable to take claims from claimants.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
PA +7,766 Layoffs in the construction, transportation, manufacturing, and the food and beverage manufacturing industries.
OH +6,450

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

NJ +5,675 Increase in initial claims due to Hurricane Sandy. These separations were primarily in the construction, accommodation and food service, transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
MI +2,373 No comment.
CT +1,783 Increase in initial claims are due to Hurricane Sandy.
NC +1,725 Layoffs in the metal, textile, business services, furniture and fixtures, machinery, and food service industries.
MD +1,499 No comment.
WA +1,382 No comment.
NV +1,180 Increase in initial claims due to backlog created by state holiday in prior week.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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