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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 361,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 344,000. The 4-week moving average was 367,750, a decrease of 13,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 381,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending December 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 8 was 3,225,000, an increase of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,213,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,240,500, a decrease of 33,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,274,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 400,422 in the week ending December 15, a decrease of 28,766 from the previous week. There were 421,103 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending December 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,231,115, an increase of 56,406 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,628,343.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 1 was 5,402,429, a decrease of 238,637 from the previous week. There were 7,152,130 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 December 1.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,054 in the week ending December 8, an increase of 28 from the prior week. There were 2,831 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 125 from the preceding week.

There were 21,340 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 1, an increase of 562 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,480, a decrease of 2,017 from the prior week.

States reported 2,096,545 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 1, a decrease of 97,708 from the prior week. There were 2,941,157 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 December1 were in Alaska (6.2), New Jersey (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.9), Puerto Rico (3.7), Montana (3.4), California (3.3), Nevada (3.3), Oregon (3.3), Connecticut (3.2), and Wisconsin (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 8 were in California (+5,952), Florida (+749), Ohio (+743), Rhode Island (+197), and Colorado (+161), while the largest decreases were in New York (-11,295), Pennsylvania (-11,247), North Carolina (-8,564), Wisconsin (-5,726) and Georgia (-5,317).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 15 Dec. 8 Change Dec. 1 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 361,000 344,000 +17,000 371,000 370,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 400,422 429,188 -28,766 500,163 421,103
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 367,750 381,500 -13,750 408,250 380,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 8 Dec. 1 Change Nov. 24 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,225,000 3,213,000 +12,000 3,219,000 3,575,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,231,115 3,174,709 +56,406 3,315,644 3,628,343
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,240,500 3,274,000 -33,500 3,312,500 3,624,000

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

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Dec. 8
Dec. 1
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,054 2,026 +28 2,421
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,831 2,956 -125 2,935

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Dec. 1
Nov. 24
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,167,295 3,307,877 -140,582 3,531,439
Federal Employees (UCFE) 21,340 20,778 +562 30,513
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 39,480 41,497 -2,017 42,017
EUC 20083 2,096,545 2,194,253 -97,708 2,941,157
Extended Benefits4 43,844 40,555 +3,289 564,647
State Additional Benefits 5 6,266 5,974 +292 4,697
STC / Workshare 6 27,659 30,132 -2,473 37,660
TOTAL 5,402,429 5,641,066 -238,637 7,152,130

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 12/8/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -11,295 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, food service, and construction industries.
PA -11,247 Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation, entertainment, accommodation and food service, professional, and scientific and technology industries.
NC -8,564 No comment.
WI -5,726 No comment.
GA -5,317 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, trade, and accommodation and food service industries.
NJ -3,969 Fewer layoffs in the trade, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and construction industries.
TX -3,850 No comment.
SC -3,114 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
WA -2,842 No comment.
TN -2,731 No comment.
MN -2,114 No comment.
IL -1,953 No comment.
AL -1,942 Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative, metal manufacturing, and accommodation and food industries.
OR -1,504 No comment.
VA -1,404 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AR -1,277 No comment.
NV -1,269 Decrease in initial claims are the results of expected decline following last week's temporary increase due to the holiday.
MO -1,192 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing and construction industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +5,952 Layoff in the service and manufacturing industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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