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|Media Contact :||December 30, 2004|
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Dec. 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 331,000. The 4-week moving average was 333,500, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average of 339,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending Dec. 18, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.2 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during
the week ending Dec. 18 was 2,755,000, an increase of 29,000 from the preceding
week's revised level of 2,726,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,751,000,
an increase of 9,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,741,750.
UNADJUSTED DATAThe advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 453,654 in the week ending Dec. 25, an increase of 79,058 from the previous week. There were 516,493 initial claims in the comparable week in 2003.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the
week ending Dec. 18, unchanged from the prior week.
The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs
totaled 2,721,778, a decrease of 99,217 from the preceding week. A year earlier,
the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,247,595.
Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Dec. 11.
565 individuals filed continued claims under the Federal Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program during the week ending Dec. 11.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,002 in the week ending Dec. 18, an increase of 101 from the prior week. There were 1,636 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 163 from the preceding week.
There were 22,223 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 11, an increase of 2,451 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,864, an increase of 1,639 from the prior week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Dec. 11 were in Alaska (6.0 percent), Puerto Rico (3.5), Michigan (3.4), Pennsylvania (3.3), Oregon (3.2), Idaho (3.0), Arkansas (2.9), New Jersey (2.9), Washington (2.9), and Wisconsin (2.9).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 18 were in Michigan (+4,661), Kentucky (+2,731), Virginia (+2,190), Ohio (+2,175), and Texas (+1,888), while the largest decreases were in California (-3,031), Pennsylvania (-2,696), South Carolina (-1,547), Georgia (-1,196), and Alabama
|WEEK ENDING||Dec. 25||Dec. 18||Change||Dec. 11||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||326,000||331,000||-5,000||316,000||349,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||453,654||374,596||+79,058||370,604||516,493|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||333,500||339,500||-6,000||337,750||362,250|
|WEEK ENDING||Dec. 18||Dec. 11||Change||Dec. 4||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||2,755,000||2,726,000||+29,000||2,736,000||3,317,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||2,721,778||2,820,995||-99,217||2,684,337||3,247,595|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||2,751,000||2,741,750||+9,250||2,746,000||3,314,000|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||2.2%||2.2%||0.0||2.2%||2.6%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2||2.2%||2.2%||0.0||2.1%||2.6%|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,636||1,799||-163||1,602|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||28,864||27,225||+1,639||26,042|
|Railroad Retirement Board||3,000||3,000||0||3,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 12/18/2004
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|PA||-2,696||Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.|
|SC||-1,547||Fewer layoffs in the textile industry.|
|GA||-1,196||Fewer layoffs in the carpets/rugs industry.|
|AL||-1,005||Fewer layoffs in the apparel and manufacturing industries.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|MO||+1,032||Layoffs in the trade and service industries.|
|TX||+1,888||Layoffs in the finance, information, and manufacturing industries.|
|VA||+2,190||Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, information, and manufacturing industries.|
|MI||+4,661||Layoffs in the automobile industry.|
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