News Release
 

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C.
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL13-2018-NAT
   
   
Program Contacts: TRANSMISSION OF MATERIAL IN THIS
Tom Stengle (202) 693-2991 RELEASE IS EMBARGOED UNTIL
Tony Sznoluch (202) 693-3176 8:30 A.M. (Eastern), Thursday
Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 October 3, 2013
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending September 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 308,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 307,000. The 4-week moving average was 305,000, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average of 308,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending September 21, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 21 was 2,925,000, an increase of 104,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,821,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,837,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,842,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 252,092 in the week ending September 28, a decrease of 3,018 from the previous week. There were 301,054 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent during the week ending September 21, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,518,557, an increase of 55,408 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2 percent and the volume was 2,821,233.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 14 was 4,002,455, an increase of 81,089 from the previous week. There were 5,088,619 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

2

No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending September 14.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,032 in the week ending September 21, a decrease of 102 from the prior week. There were 2,150 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 4 from the preceding week.

There were 19,999 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending September 14, an increase of 976 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 31,705, an increase of 372 from the prior week.

States reported 1,470,027 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending September 14, an increase of 121,501 from the prior week. There were 2,143,049 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 September 21 were in Puerto Rico (4.0), Alaska (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Virgin Islands (3.0), New Mexico (2.9), Connecticut (2.8), Pennsylvania (2.7), California (2.4), Illinois (2.4), Nevada (2.4), Arkansas (2.3), and District of Columbia (2.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 21 were in Oregon (+489), New Jersey (+327), Massachusetts (+306), Colorado (+304), and Maine (+194), while the largest decreases were in California (-3,754), Georgia (-2,719), New York (-2,376), South Carolina (-1,516), and Washington (-1,178).

 

3

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance September 28 September 21 Change September 14 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 308,000 307,000 +1,000 311,000 368,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 252,092 255,110 -3,018 272,953 301,054
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 305,000 308,750 -3,750 315,250 373,750
WEEK ENDING Advance September 21 September 14 Change September 7 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,925,000 2,821,000 +104,000 2,788,000 3,277,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,518,557 2,463,149 +55,408 2,506,304 2,821,233
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,837,250 2,842,000 -4,750 2,885,250 3,278,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.2% +0.1 2.1% 2.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
1.9% 1.9% 0.0 1.9% 2.2%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
September 21
September 14
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,032 1,134 -102 1,315
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,150 2,154 -4 2,510

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
September 14
September 7
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,457,438 2,500,823 -43,385 2,834,061
Federal Employees (UCFE) 19,999 19,023 +976 16,579
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 31,705 31,333 +372 38,529
EUC 20083 1,470,027 1,348,526 +121,501 2,143,049
Extended Benefits4 253 297 -44 21,384
State Additional Benefits 5 4,551 4,142 +409 6,311
STC / Workshare 6 18,482 17,222 +1,260 28,706
TOTAL 4,002,455 3,921,366 +81,089 5,088,619

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 129,827,178 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

 

4

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED SEPTEMBER 21, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -3,754 Fewer layoffs in the service, finance and insurance, and real estate industries.
GA -2,719 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, trade, accommodation and food service industries.
NY -2,376 Fewer layoffs in the public administration, construction, and transportation industries.
SC -1,516 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industries.
WA -1,178 No comment.
PR -1,088 No comment.
PA -1,081 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, professional, scientific and technology service, entertainment, lodging, and food service industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    


This information will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-693-4676. TDD Message Phone: 1-800-326-2577.  News releases from the U.S. Department of Labor are accessible on the Internet at: http://www.dol.gov/ and  http://www.oui.doleta.gov/