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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 December 26, 2013
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 338,000, a decrease of 42,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 380,000. The 4-week moving average was 348,000, an increase of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average of 343,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending December 14, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 14 was 2,923,000, an increase of 46,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,877,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,836,750, an increase of 39,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,797,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 413,920 in the week ending December 21, a decrease of 159 from the previous week. There were 457,578 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending December 14, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,984,815, an increase of 113,284 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,254,315.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 7 was 4,279,284, a decrease of 132,858 from the previous week. There were 5,471,714 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 December 7.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,869 in the week ending December 14, a decrease of 306 from the prior week. There were 2,004 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 352 from the preceding week.

There were 20,880 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 7, a decrease of 1,559 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 31,459, a decrease of 1,478 from the prior week.

States reported 1,333,332 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending December 7, a decrease of 40,699 from the prior week. There were 2,096,243 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 14 were in Alaska (5.3), Puerto Rico (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.5), California (3.3), Connecticut (3.1), Montana (3.1), West Virginia (3.1), Illinois (2.8), Oregon (2.8), and Wisconsin (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 14 were in California (+4,622), Illinois (+3,686), Massachusetts (+2,331), Ohio (+1,529), and Indiana (+1,473), while the largest decreases were in New York (-12,706), Pennsylvania (-10,866), Georgia (-8,340), Texas (-4,904), and Wisconsin (-4,821).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 21 Dec. 14 Change Dec. 7 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 338,000 380,000 -42,000 369,000 366,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 413,920 414,079 -159 462,198 457,578
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 348,000 343,750 +4,250 330,250 364,000
WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 14 Dec. 7 Change Nov. 30 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,923,000 2,877,000 +46,000 2,790,000 3,200,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,984,815 2,871,531 +113,284 2,959,841 3,254,315
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,836,750 2,797,250 +39,500 2,794,750 3,212,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.2% 2.2% 0.0 2.1% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.3% 2.2% +0.1 2.3% 2.5%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Dec. 14
Dec. 7
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,869 2,175 -306 1,680
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,004 2,356 -352 2,574

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Dec. 7
Nov. 30
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,864,792 2,952,897 -88,105 3,238,182
Federal Employees (UCFE) 20,880 22,439 -1,559 21,095
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 31,459 32,937 -1,478 40,561
EUC 20083 1,333,332 1,374,031 -40,699 2,096,243
Extended Benefits4 183 186 -3 44,610
State Additional Benefits 5 5,566 4,565 +1,001 6,056
STC / Workshare 6 23,072 25,087 -2,015 24,967
TOTAL 4,279,284 4,412,142 -132,858 5,471,714

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 DECEMBER 14, 2013



STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -12,706 Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation and warehousing, and food services industries.
PA -10,866 Fewer layoffs in the transportation and construction industries.
GA -8,340 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, trade, and health care and social assistance industries.
TX -4,904 No comment.
WI -4,821 No comment.
AL -2,805 Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and administrative, support services, waste management and remediation industries.
WA -2,725 No comment.
FL -2,715 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture and construction industries.
SC -2,623 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TN -2,444 No comment.
MN -1,545 No comment.
NC -1,299 Fewer layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments, business services, and construction industries.
VA -1,168 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MT -1,133 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +4,622 Layoffs in the service, retail, finance and insurance, and real estate industries.
IL +3,686 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MA +2,331 Layoffs in the administrative and waste management, and construction industries.
OH +1,529 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
IN +1,473 Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

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