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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 368,000, an increase of 38,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 330,000. The 4-week moving average was 352,000, an increase of 250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 351,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending January 19, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 19 was 3,197,000, an increase of 22,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,175,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,192,250, a decrease of 9,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,202,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 366,596 in the week ending January 26, a decrease of 70,429 from the previous week. There were 422,287 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending January 19, 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 3,656,964, a decrease of 54,066 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,058,236.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 12 was 5,914,983, an increase of 255,501 from the previous week. There were 7,655,224 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 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,878 in the week ending January 19, a decrease of 476 from the prior week. There were 2,740 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 297 from the preceding week.

There were 22,900 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 12, an increase of 829 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,094, a decrease of 290 from the prior week.

States reported 2,112,559 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 12, an increase of 418,762 from the prior week. There were 3,007,696 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 12 were in Alaska (6.9), Pennsylvania (4.5), New Jersey (4.2), Wisconsin (4.2), Connecticut (4.1), Montana (4.1), Puerto Rico (4.1), Illinois (4.0), Rhode Island (4.0), and Oregon (3.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 19 were in Florida (+1,157), Arizona (+295), and Vermont (+77), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-12,625), Texas (-10,448), North Carolina (-9,287), New York (-7,379), and Indiana (-6,069).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 26 Jan. 19 Change Jan. 12 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 368,000 330,000 +38,000 335,000 381,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 366,596 437,025 -70,429 556,710 422,287
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 352,000 351,750 +250 360,000 376,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 19 Jan. 12 Change Jan. 5 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,197,000 3,175,000 +22,000 3,228,000 3,486,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,656,964 3,711,030 -54,066 3,867,695 4,058,236
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,192,250 3,202,000 -9,750 3,209,750 3,535,000

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

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 19
Jan. 12
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,878 2,354 -476 1,663
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,740 3,037 -297 2,448

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 12
Jan. 5
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,703,667 3,857,246 -153,579 4,060,581
Federal Employees (UCFE) 22,900 22,071 +829 30,962
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 40,094 40,384 -290 42,496
EUC 20083 2,112,559 1,693,797 +418,762 3,007,696
Extended Benefits4 657 1,197 -540 474,252
State Additional Benefits 5 5,660 5,709 -49 3,851
STC / Workshare 6 29,446 39,078 -9,632 35,386
TOTAL 5,914,983 5,659,482 +255,501 7,655,224

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 1/19/2012
STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
PA -12,625 Fewer layoffs in construction, professional, scientific and technology, entertainment, lodging and food service, and transportation industries.
TX -10,448 No comment.
NC -9,287 Fewer layoffs in the textile, construction, wholesale, transportation, machinery and computer equipment, furniture and fixtures, metal, business service, building materials, hardware, garden supply, mobile home dealers, petroleum, museums, art galleries, botanical and zoological gardens, and food service industries.
NY -7,379 Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
IN -6,069 No comment.
GA -6,016 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, and accommodation and food service industries.
MO -5,733 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, and accommodation and food service industries.
MI -5,692 fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ -5,368 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, and accommodation and food service industries.
VA -4,079 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, and accommodation and food service industries.
CA -3,618 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and service industries.
AL -3,519 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, administrative support, and wood product manufacturing industries.
OR -3,302 No comment.
CT -3,138 No comment.
SC -3,085 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TN -3,084 No comment.
WA -2,598 No comment.
KY -2,543 No comment.
WI -2,085 No comment.
IA -1,741 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing and construction industry.
MA -1,590 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, manufacturing, finance, and construction industries.
OH -1,352 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MN -1,333 No comment.
MS -1,176 No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL +1,157 Layoffs in the construction, services, manufacturing, trade, and retail industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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