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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 December 6 , 2012
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 370,000, a decrease of 25,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 395,000. The 4-week moving average was 408,000, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 405,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending November 24, 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 November 24 was 3,205,000, a decrease of 100,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,305,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,309,000, an increase of 7,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,301,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 498,619 in the week ending December 1, an increase of 139,678 from the previous week. There were 528,793 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending November 24, an increase of 0.4 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,301,200, an increase of 465,529 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,696,154.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 17 was 4,959,240, a decrease of 224,722 from the previous week. There were 6,575,150 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 17.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,627 in the week ending November 24, an increase of 2 from the prior week. There were 1,863 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 522 from the preceding week.

There were 18,845 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 17, an increase of 242 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,889, a decrease of 2,436 from the prior week.

States reported 2,008,608 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending November 17, a decrease of 110,446 from the prior week. There were 2,794,284 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 10 were in Alaska (5.7), New Jersey (3.9), Puerto Rico (3.6), Pennsylvania (3.3), Connecticut (3.1), Oregon (3.1), Nevada (2.9), Montana (2.8), and New York (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 24 were in Wisconsin (+5,876), Oregon (+2,328), Ohio (+2,252), Washington (+2,107), and Iowa (+1,262), while the largest decreases were in New Jersey (-23,966), California (-7,053), New York (-6,682), Texas (-6,425) and North Carolina (-2,609).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 1 Nov. 24 Change Nov. 17 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 370,000 395,000 -25,000 416,000 383,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 498,619 358,941 +139,678 403,637 528,793
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 408,000 405,750 +2,250 397,750 391,250
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 24 Nov. 17 Change Nov. 10 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,205,000 3,305,000 -100,000 3,359,000 3,599,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,301,200 2,835,671 +465,529 2,945,515 3,696,154
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,309,000 3,301,250 +7,750 3,290,500 3,651,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.5% 2.6% -0.1 2.6% 2.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.6% 2.2% +0.4 2.3% 2.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 24
Nov. 17
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,627 1,625 +2 2,003
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,863 2,385 -522 1,808

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 17
Nov. 10
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,829,919 2,938,940 -109,021 3,157,910
Federal Employees (UCFE) 18,845 18,603 +242 27,698
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 36,889 39,325 -2,436 38,923
EUC 20083 2,008,608 2,119,054 -110,446 2,794,284
Extended Benefits4 37,096 37,302 -206 515,560
State Additional Benefits 5 5,820 5,740 +80 4,533
STC / Workshare 6 22,063 24,998 -2,935 36,242
TOTAL 4,959,240 5,183,962 -224,722 6,575,150

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 11/24/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NJ -23,966 There are fewer storm related claims; primarily from the construction, transportation and warehousing, manufacturing, trade, and accommodation and food service industries.
CA -7,053 Fewer layoffs in all sectors, primarily in the service industry.
NY -6,682 Fewer layoffs in the food service, healthcare and social assistance, and transportation industries.
TX -6,425 Offices were closed 11/22-11/23 for a State holiday.
NC -2,609 Fewer layoffs in the business service, food service, furniture and fixtures, health service, machinery, and service industries.
VA -1,738 Fewer layoffs in the accommodation and food service industries.
MI -1,546 Fewer layoffs in all sectors.
FL -1,448 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail, and service industries.
GA -1,286 Offices were closed for a State holiday
CT -1,215 No comment.
TN -1,082 no comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
WI +5,876 No comment.
OR +2,328

Seasonal increase in initial claims.

OH +2,252 No comment.
WA +2,107 Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, construction, and manufacturing industries.
IA +1,262 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA +1,154 Layoffs in the transportation, machinery, entertainment, lodging, and food service industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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