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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 371,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 367,000. The 4-week moving average was 365,750, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 359,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending December 29, 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 December 29 was 3,109,000, a decrease of 127,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,236,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,197,250, a decrease of 26,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,223,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 552,043 in the week ending January 5, an increase of 61,944 from the previous week. There were 646,219 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending December 29, an increase of 0.3 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,659,813, an increase of 375,371 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.3 percent and the volume was 4,161,063.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 22 was 5,356,271, a decrease of 51,335 from the previous week. There were 7,333,322 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

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Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending December 22.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,134 in the week ending December 29, a decrease of 610 from the prior week. There were 1,609 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 979 from the preceding week.

There were 20,862 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 22, a decrease of 1,494 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,203, a decrease of 1,622 from the prior week.

States reported 1,991,454 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 22, a decrease of 74,252 from the prior week. There were 2,926,676 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 22 were in Alaska (6.3), Oregon (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.7), New Jersey (3.6), Puerto Rico (3.6), Montana (3.5), Wisconsin (3.5), Nevada (3.4), California (3.3), Connecticut (3.3), Idaho (3.3), and Illinois (3.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 29 were in Michigan (+15,107), Pennsylvania (+12,483), Wisconsin (+6,748), New Jersey (+3,436), and Missouri (+3,057), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-11,015), Texas (-7,475), Virginia (-3,148), Illinois (-2,755), and Oklahoma (-1,782).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 5 Dec. 29 Change Dec. 22 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 371,000 367,000 +4,000 363,000 390,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 552,043 490,099 +61,944 456,835 646,219
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 365,750 359,000 +6,750 360,000 381,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 29 Dec. 22 Change Dec. 15 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,109,000 3,236,000 -127,000 3,206,000 3,606,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,659,813 3,284,442 +375,371 3,253,901 4,161,063
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,197,250 3,223,250 -26,000 3,219,000 3,595,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.4% 2.5% -0.1 2.5% 2.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.9% 2.6% +0.3 2.5% 3.3%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Dec. 29
Dec. 22
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,134 1,744 -610 1,645
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,609 2,588 -979 1,895

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Dec. 22
Dec.15
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,279,500 3,248,021 +31,479 3,771,703
Federal Employees (UCFE) 20,862 22,356 -1,494 29,863
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,203 39,825 -1,622 42,097
EUC 20083 1,991,454 2,065,706 -74,252 2,926,676
Extended Benefits4 1,045 2,320 -1,275 528,184
State Additional Benefits 5 5,412 6,044 -632 4,114
STC / Workshare 6 19,795 23,334 -3,539 30,685
TOTAL 5,356,271 5,407,606 -51,335 7,333,322

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 12/29/2012
STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL -11,015 Fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, trade, retail, and service industries.
TX -7,475 Office were closed for the holiday between 12/24-12/26.
VA -3,148 No comment.
IL -2,755 No comment.
OK -1,782 No comment.
MS -1,540 No comment.
CO -1,154 No comment.
PR -1,083 No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI +15,107 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA +12,483 Layoffs in the transportation, construction, food and beverage manufacturing, and metals industries.
WI +6,748 No comment.
NJ +3,436 Layoffs in the educational service industry.
MO +3,057 Layoffs in the transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
IA +2,804 Increase is a result of processing claims from prior week when offices were closed due to the holiday.
NC +2,300 Layoffs in the machinery, lumber and wood products, transportation and warehousing, automotive repair, service and parking, rubber and plastic products, petroleum, and textile industries.
OR +2,185 Increase is a result of processing claims from prior week when offices were closed due to the holiday.
MD +2,182 No comment.
CA +2,012 Increase is a result of processing claims from prior week when offices were closed due to the holiday.
AL +1,913 Layoffs in the administrative and support service, healthcare and social assistance, construction, and textile industries.
TN +1,589 Layoffs in the administrative and support service, electronics, and construction industries.
KS +1,387 No comment.
CT +1,276 No comment.
OH +1,240 No comment.
ID +1,219 No comment.
VT +1,103 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MA +1,051 Layoffs in the transportation and warehousing industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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