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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 December 13, 2012
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 343,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 372,000. The 4-week moving average was 381,500, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week's revised average of 408,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending December 1, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 1 was 3,198,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,221,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,270,750, a decrease of 42,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,313,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 428,814 in the week ending December 8, a decrease of 72,117 from the previous week. There were 435,863 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending December 1, 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 3,159,199, a decrease of 158,195 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,540,663.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 24 was 5,642,678, an increase of 683,477 from the previous week. There were 7,449,508 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 24.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,017 in the week ending December 1, an increase of 389 from the prior week. There were 2,910 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 1,047 from the preceding week.

There were 20,778 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 24, an increase of 1,930 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 41,391, an increase of 4,501 from the prior week.

States reported 2,194,253 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending November 24, an increase of 185,645 from the prior week. There were 3,048,926 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 24 were in Alaska (5.8), New Jersey (4.5), Puerto Rico (4.0), Oregon (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.7), California (3.5), Wisconsin (3.5), Montana (3.4), Connecticut (3.3), Nevada (3.2), and West Virginia (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 1 were in California (+24,411), Pennsylvania (+14,636), North Carolina (+13,961), New York (+11,025), and Texas (+10,435), while the largest decreases were in Kentucky (-615), Idaho (-481), Vermont (-402), Florida (-348) and Wisconsin (-91).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 8 Dec. 1 Change Nov. 24 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 343,000 372,000 -29,000 395,000 371,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 428,814 500,931 -72,117 358,869 435,863
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 381,500 408,500 -27,000 405,750 386,000
WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 1 Nov. 24 Change Nov. 17 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,198,000 3,221,000 -23,000 3,305,000 3,609,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,159,199 3,317,394 -158,195 2,835,628 3,540,663
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,270,750 3,313,000 -42,250 3,301,250 3,649,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.5% 2.5% 0.0 2.6% 2.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.5% 2.6% -0.1 2.2% 2.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Dec. 1
Nov. 24
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,017 1,628 +389 2,369
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,910 1,863 +1,047 2,879

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 24
Nov. 17
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,309,627 2,829,876 +479,751 3,685,651
Federal Employees (UCFE) 20,778 18,848 +1,930 30,893
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 41,391 36,890 +4,501 44,325
EUC 20083 2,194,253 2,008,608 +185,645 3,048,926
Extended Benefits4 40,523 37,096 +3,427 593,097
State Additional Benefits 5 5,974 5,820 +154 4,728
STC / Workshare 6 30,132 22,063 +8,069 41,888
TOTAL 5,642,678 4,959,201 +683,477 7,449,508

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
None    

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +24,411 Increase a result of processing claims from prior week when offices were closed due to Thanksgiving holiday. Layoffs in the service, agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries.
PA +14,636

Layoffs in the construction, professional, scientific and technology service, transportation, entertainment, and accommodations and food service industries.

NC +13,961 No Comment .
NY +11,025 Layoffs in the transportation, construction, and food service industries.
TX +10,435 Increase a result of processing claims from prior week when offices were closed due to Thanksgiving holiday.
GA +8,708 Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative service, construction, trade, healthcare and social assistance, and accommodations and food service industries.
IL +8,478 Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and administrative industries.
SC +5,009 Layoffs in the machinery manufacturing, textile, and fabricated metal products industries.
MI +4,065 Layoffs in the administrative service industry.
TN +3,846 Layoffs in the administrative service, manufacturing, trade, food service industries.
VA +3,326 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MN +3,168 No comment.
MO +3,053 Layoffs in the construction and administrative service industries
AL +2,668 Layoffs in the construction, administrative service, accommodations and food service, and retail industries.
NJ +2,191 Layoffs in the construction, administrative, and retail industries.
MD +1,737 No comment.
NV +1,704 Increase a result of processing claims from prior week when offices were closed due to Thanksgiving holiday.
PR +1,699 No comment.
MA +1,654 No comment.
WV +1,477 Layoffs in the mining, manufacturing, information, managing, administrative service, waste, and accomadations and food service industries.
AZ +1,462 No comment.
OR +1,348 Increase in initial claims are due layoffs in seasonal industries and occupations and processing claims from prior week when offices were closed due to Thanksgiving holiday.
LA +1,343 No comment.
OH +1,269 Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
CT +1,252 No comment.
IN +1,246 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

 

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UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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