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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 February 6, 2014
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 331,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 351,000. The 4-week moving average was 334,000, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average of 333,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending January 25, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 25 was 2,964,000, an increase of 15,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,949,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,985,500, an increase of 25,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,959,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 355,224 in the week ending February 1, a decrease of 2,432 from the previous week. There were 388,442 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending January 25, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,441,429, an increase of 44,278 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,743,414.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 18 was 3,467,640, a decrease of 115,861 from the previous week. There were 5,590,480 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013.

 

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No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending January 18.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,280 in the week ending January 25, a decrease of 638 from the prior week. There were 1,874 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 372 from the preceding week.

There were 21,600 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 18, a decrease of 2,189 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,596, a decrease of 2,090 from the prior week.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired on January 1, 2014, and under current law no EUC payments will be made for weeks of unemployment after this date.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 18 were in Alaska (5.9), Pennsylvania (4.1), Delaware (4.0), New Jersey (3.9), Illinois (3.7), Montana (3.7), Michigan (3.6), Puerto Rico (3.6), Rhode Island (3.6), and Wisconsin (3.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 25 were in Indiana (+5,407), Massachusetts (+1,050), and Nebraska (+12), while the largest decreases were in New York (-7,083), Texas (-4,152), Michigan (-3,929), Florida (-3,879), and New Jersey (-3,605).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Feb. 1 Jan. 25 Change Jan. 18 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 331,000 351,000 -20,000 329,000 361,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 355,224 357,656 -2,432 414,311 388,442
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 334,000 333,750 +250 332,250 357,000
WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 25 Jan. 18 Change Jan. 11 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,964,000 2,949,000 +15,000 3,007,000 3,219,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,441,429 3,397,151 +44,278 3,505,642 3,743,414
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,985,500 2,959,750 +25,750 2,926,750 3,210,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.3% 0.0 2.3% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.7% 2.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 25
Jan. 18
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,280 1,918 -638 1,370
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,874 2,246 -372 2,256

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 18
Jan. 11
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,392,965 3,500,020 -107,055 3,672,493
Federal Employees (UCFE) 21,600 23,789 -2,189 22,389
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 30,596 32,686 -2,090 39,808
Extended Benefits3 32 71 -39 860
State Additional Benefits 4 7,183 6,947 +236 5,378
STC / Workshare 5 15,264 19,988 -4,724 23,454
TOTAL6 3,467,640 3,583,501 -115,861 5,590,480

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 130,938,360 as denominator.
3 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
4 - 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
5 - 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
6 - Prior year total includes EUC claimants.

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED JANUARY 25, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -7,083   Fewer layoffs in the construction, food services, and retail trade industries.
TX -4,152   No comment.
MI -3,929   Fewer layoffs in the wholesale trade industry.
FL -3,879   Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, and service industries.
NJ -3,605   Fewer layoffs in the trade, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance, administrative and support services industries.
MO -3,412   Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, and administrative and support services industries.
GA -3,235   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, and trade industries.
WI -2,519   No comment.
CT -2,509   No comment.
IL -2,484   No comment.
CA -2,363   No comment.
AL -2,309   Fewer layoffs in the administrative and support service, construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
NC -2,009   Fewer layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments, administrative and support services, construction, and food services industries.
TN -1,814   No comment.
SC -1,535   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industries.
WA -1,431   No comment.
PA -1,165   Fewer layoffs in the administrative and support services, warehousing, food services, and retail industries.
MN -1,011   No comment.
NV -1,007   No comment.
AR -1,006   No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
IN +5,407   No comment.
MA +1,050   No comment.

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