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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 330,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 335,000. The 4-week moving average was 351,750, a decrease of 8,250 from the previous week's revised average of 360,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending January 12, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 12 was 3,157,000, a decrease of 71,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,228,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,197,500, a decrease of 12,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,209,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 436,766 in the week ending January 19, a decrease of 119,944 from the previous week. There were 416,880 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending January 12, 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 3,690,615, a decrease of 177,080 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,069,651.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 5 was 5,659,760, a decrease of 214,076 from the previous week. There were 7,670,108 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 January 5.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,354 in the week ending January 12, an increase of 578 from the prior week. There were 3,037 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 659 from the preceding week.

There were 22,166 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 5, a decrease of 571 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,567, an increase of 1,425 from the prior week.

States reported 1,693,797 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 5, a decrease of 365,641 from the prior week. There were 2,922,533 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 January 5 were in Alaska (6.6), Pennsylvania (4.8), Puerto Rico (4.5), New Jersey (4.4), Oregon (4.3), Wisconsin (4.3), Connecticut (4.2), Michigan (4.2), Montana (4.2), and Rhode Island (4.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 12 were in Texas (+12,786), California (+10,232), Florida (+7,314), Indiana (+4,266), and New Jersey (+3,570), while the largest decreases were in New York (-27,487), Georgia (-7,520), North Carolina (-5,541), Alabama (-4,245), and Wisconsin (-3,183).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 19 Jan. 12 Change Jan. 5 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 330,000 335,000 -5,000 375,000 372,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 436,766 556,710 -119,944 557,798 416,880
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 351,750 360,000 -8,250 366,750 377,250
WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 12 Jan. 5 Change Dec. 29 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,157,000 3,228,000 -71,000 3,169,000 3,551,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,690,615 3,867,695 -177,080 3,730,146 4,069,651
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,197,500 3,209,750 -12,250 3,212,250 3,565,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.5% 2.5% 0.0 2.5% 2.8%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.9% 3.0% -0.1 2.9% 3.2%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 12
Jan. 5
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,354 1,776 +578 2,287
Newly Discharged Veterans 3,037 2,378 +659 3,044

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 5
Dec. 29
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,857,246 3,725,033 +132,213 4,099,229
Federal Employees (UCFE) 22,166 22,737 -571 30,794
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 40,567 39,142 +1,425 43,046
EUC 20083 1,693,797 2,059,438 -365,641 2,922,533
Extended Benefits4 1,197 1,143 +54 531,507
State Additional Benefits 5 5,709 5,095 +614 3,803
STC / Workshare 6 39,078 21,248 +17,830 39,196
TOTAL 5,659,760 5,873,836 -214,076 7,670,108

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 128,613,913 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 1/12/2012
STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -27,487 Fewer layoffs in transportation, construction, and educational service industries.
GA -7,520 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, wholesale trade, and construction industries.
NC -5,541 Fewer layoffs in the textile, business service, construction, electronic, rubber and plastic products, lumber and wood products, transportation and warehousing, food and kindred products,wholesale, and mining industries.
AL -4,245 Fewer layoffs in the textile, construction, furniture and related products, and manufacturing industry.
WI -3,183 No comment.
SC -2,686 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MI -2,393 Fewer layoffs in the finance and insurance industry.
OH -2,128 No comment.
MA -1,767 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and finance industries.
MN -1,586 No comment.
IA -1,186 Decline in initial claims due to decrease in temporary layoffs caused by holiday.
AR -1,099 No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
TX +12,786 No comment.
CA +10,232 Layoffs in the service, agriculture, forestry, fishing industries.
FL +7,314 Layoffs in the construction, services, agriculture, manufacturing, trade, and retail industries.
IN +4,266 Layoffs in the manufacturing, retail, and administrative and support service industries.
NJ +3,570 Layoffs in the trade, healthcare and social assistance, and administrative support industries.
PR +2,674 No comment.
NM +2,125 No comment.
AK +1,972 No comment.
CO +1,762 No comment.
WV +1,646 No comment.
AZ +1,535 No comment.
IL +1,521 Layoffs in the construction, administrative service, and manufacturing industries.
NV +1,306 Increase is a result of processing claims from prior week due to the holiday.
LA +1,230 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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