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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 November 29, 2012
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 393,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 416,000. The 4-week moving average was 405,250, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 397,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending November 17, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 17 was 3,287,000, a decrease of 70,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,357,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,296,250, an increase of 6,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,290,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 357,015 in the week ending November 24, a decrease of 46,541 from the previous week. There were 372,640 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending November 17, 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 2,820,064, a decrease of 124,308 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,167,053.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 10 was 5,182,815, a decrease of 58,623 from the previous week. There were 7,004,413 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 10.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,629 in the week ending November 17, a decrease of 447 from the prior week. There were 2,385 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 416 from the preceding week.

There were 18,606 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 10, a decrease of 762 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,318, a decrease of 285 from the prior week.

States reported 2,119,054 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending November 10, a decrease of 37,451 from the prior week. There were 2,972,894 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), New Jersey (4.1), Puerto Rico (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.6), Connecticut (3.2), Oregon (3.1), California (3.0), New York (2.9), Nevada (2.8), Virgin Islands (2.8), and West Virginia (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 17 were in Florida (+1,534), Michigan (+1,427), Massachusetts (+1,189), Kentucky (+945), and Minnesota (+872), while the largest decreases were in New York (-30,603), California (-26,337), Pennsylvania (-11,451), Oregon (-1,997) and North Carolina (-1,851).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 24 Nov. 17 Change Nov. 10 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 393,000 416,000 -23,000 451,000 399,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 357,015 403,556 -46,541 478,543 372,640
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 405,250 397,750 +7,500 386,750 392,500
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 17 Nov. 10 Change Nov. 3 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,287,000 3,357,000 -70,000 3,367,000 3,713,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,820,064 2,944,372 -124,308 2,963,198 3,167,053
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,296,250 3,290,000 +6,250 3,265,500 3,663,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 2.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.2% 2.3% -0.1 2.3% 2.5%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 17
Nov. 10
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,629 2,076 -447 2,297
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,385 2,801 -416 2,767

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 10
Nov. 3
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,937,797 2,956,208 -18,411 3,364,001
Federal Employees (UCFE) 18,606 19,368 -762 29,788
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 39,318 39,603 -285 43,018
EUC 20083 2,119,054 2,156,505 -37,451 2,972,894
Extended Benefits4 37,302 37,598 -296 548,554
State Additional Benefits 5 5,740 5,856 -116 4,628
STC / Workshare 6 24,998 26,300 -1,302 41,530
TOTAL 5,182,815 5,241,438 -58,623 7,004,413

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 11/17/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -30,603 Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation, and food services industries.
CA -26,337 No comment.
PA -11,451 No comment.
OR -1,997 No comment.
NC -1,851 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
CT -1,619 No comment.
GA -1,335 Fewer layoffs in the trade, administrative and support services, and health care and social assistance industries.
OH -1,016 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
FL +1,534 No comment.
MI +1,427

No comment.

MA +1,189 No comment.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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