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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 November 7, 2013
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 336,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 345,000. The 4-week moving average was 348,250, a decrease of 9,250 from the previous week's revised average of 357,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending October 26, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 26 was 2,868,000, an increase of 4,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,864,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,866,000, a decrease of 8,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,874,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 327,074 in the week ending November 2, an increase of 4,222 from the previous week. There were 361,800 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent during the week ending October 26, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,495,070, a decrease of 13,964 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2 percent and the volume was 2,783,667.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 19 was 3,958,691, an increase of 74,777 from the previous week. There were 5,078,237 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

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No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending October 19.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 4,011 in the week ending October 26, a decrease of 10,412 from the prior week. There were 2,433 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 279 from the preceding week.

There were 27,834 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 19, a decrease of 49,717 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 31,841, a decrease of 265 from the prior week.

States reported 1,370,774 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending October 19, an increase of 64,837 from the prior week. There were 2,118,175 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 October 26 were in Alaska (4.4), Virgin Islands (4.1), Puerto Rico (3.8), California (3.0), New Jersey (3.0), Connecticut (2.7), Pennsylvania (2.7), District of Columbia (2.6), Illinois (2.4), and Oregon (2.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 26 were in Oregon (+2,956), Florida (+2,873), Illinois (+2,460), New York (+2,033), and Pennsylvania (+1,542), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,460), Virginia (-1,807), Washington (-833), Maryland (-431), and Missouri (-343).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance November 2 October 26 Change October 19 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 336,000 345,000 -9,000 350,000 363,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 327,074 322,852 +4,222 311,516 361,800
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 348,250 357,500 -9,250 348,250 371,500
WEEK ENDING Advance October 26 October 19 Change October 12 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,868,000 2,864,000 +4,000 2,850,000 3,189,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,495,070 2,509,034 -13,964 2,451,396 2,783,667
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,866,000 2,874,500 -8,500 2,888,750 3,235,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.2% 2.2% 0.0 2.2% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
1.9% 1.9% 0.0 1.9% 2.2%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
October 26
October 19
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 4,011 14,423 -10,412 1,959
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,433 2,154 +279 2,656

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
October 19
October 12
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,503,515 2,444,712 +58,803 2,829,882
Federal Employees (UCFE) 27,834 77,551 -49,717 18,401
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 31,841 32,106 -265 39,541
EUC 20083 1,370,774 1,305,937 +64,837 2,118,175
Extended Benefits4 388 245 +143 37,349
State Additional Benefits 5 4,720 3,394 +1,326 5,843
STC / Workshare 6 19,619 19,969 -350 29,046
TOTAL 3,958,691 3,883,914 +74,777 5,078,237

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 130,396,096 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 OCTOBER 26, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -4,460 Fewer layoffs in the service, wholesale trade, and retail trade industries.
VA -1,807 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
OR +2,956 No comment.
FL +2,873 Layoffs in the construction, wholesale trade, and retail trade industries.
IL +2,460 No comment.
NY +2,033 Layoffs in the food services, construction, and arts, entertainment and recreation industries.
PA +1,542 Layoffs in the retail trade, construction, professional, scientific and technology service, and manufacturing industries.
GA +1,188 Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, trade, and health care and social assistance industries.


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