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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 November 21, 2012
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 410,000, a decrease of 41,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 451,000. The 4-week moving average was 396,250, an increase of 9,500 from the previous week's revised average of 386,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending November 10, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 10 was 3,337,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,367,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,285,000, an increase of 19,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,265,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 397,671 in the week ending November 17, a decrease of 80,872 from the previous week. There were 440,157 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending November 10, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,926,884, a decrease of 36,314 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,374,259.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 3 was 5,241,296, an increase of 244,125 from the previous week. There were 6,728,664 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 November 3.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,076 in the week ending November 10, an increase of 532 from the prior week. There were 2,801 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 152 from the preceding week.

There were 19,368 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 3, an increase of 968 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,603, an increase of 671 from the prior week.

States reported 2,156,363 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending November 3, an increase of 60,758 from the prior week. There were 2,896,640 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 November 3 were in Alaska (5.1), Puerto Rico (3.8), New Jersey (3.6), Virgin Islands (3.5), Connecticut (3.4), Pennsylvania (3.3), California (3.2), New York (3.1), Oregon (3.1), Arkansas (2.8), Nevada (2.8), and West Virginia (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 10 were in New York (+43,956), New Jersey (+31,094), California (+24,693), Pennsylvania (+7,037), and Connecticut (+1,808), while the largest decreases were in Ohio (-4,996), Indiana (-877), Arkansas (-665), Massachusetts (-607), and Maryland (-576).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 17 Nov. 10 Change Nov. 3 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 410,000 451,000 -41,000 361,000 391,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 397,671 478,543 -80,872 361,800 440,157
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 396,250 386,750 +9,500 372,000 392,250
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 10 Nov. 3 Change Oct. 27 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,337,000 3,367,000 -30,000 3,174,000 3,676,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,926,884 2,963,198 -36,314 2,783,667 3,374,259
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,285,000 3,265,500 +19,500 3,239,500 3,655,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.5% 2.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.3% 2.3% 0.0 2.2% 2.7%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 10
Nov. 3
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,076 1,544 +532 2,430
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,801 2,649 +152 2,399

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 3
Oct. 27
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,956,208 2,776,844 +179,364 3,168,697
Federal Employees (UCFE) 19,368 18,400 +968 28,322
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 39,603 38,932 +671 40,149
EUC 20083 2,156,363 2,095,605 +60,758 2,896,640
Extended Benefits4 37,588 36,584 +1,004 555,256
State Additional Benefits 5 5,866 5,627 +239 4,647
STC / Workshare 6 26,300 25,179 +1,121 34,953
TOTAL 5,241,296 4,997,171 +244,125 6,728,664

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 11/10/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
OH -4,996 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
NY +43,956 Increase in initial claims due to Hurricane Sandy. These separations were primarily in the construction, food service, and transportation industries.
NJ +31,094

Increase in initial claims due to Hurricane Sandy. These separation were primarily in the accommodation and food services, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, administrative service, healthcare and social assistance,construction, retail, professional, trade, educational service, and public administration industries.

CA +24,693 Increase in the service industry.
PA +7,037 Increase in initial claims due to Hurricane Sandy. These separations were primarily in the construction and transportation industries.
CT +1,808 Increase in initial claims due to Hurricane Sandy.
WI +1,674 No comment.
TX +1,532 No comment.
MN +1,317 No comment.
OR +1,249 Layoffs in the agriculture and construction industries.
VA +1,212 Layoffs in the administrative and support service and construction industries.
WV +1,000 Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, trade, transportation and warehousing, and public administration industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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