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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Sept. 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 318,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 311,000. The 4-week moving average was 315,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised average of 315,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent for the week ending Sept. 9, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 1.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 9 was 2,461,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,490,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,477,250, a decrease of 5,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,482,750.  

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 264,251 in the week ending Sept. 16, an increase of 23,991 from the previous week. There were 346,204 initial claims in the comparable week in 2005.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.7 percent during the week ending Sept. 9, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,161,058, an increase of 26,879 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.8 percent and the volume was 2,311,981.

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Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Sept. 2.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 980 in the week ending Sept. 9, an increase of 3 from the prior week. There were 1,822 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 78 from the preceding week.

There were 14,103 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Sept. 2, a decrease of 530 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 24,387, a decrease of 1,252 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Sept. 2 were in Puerto Rico (3.1 percent), New Jersey (2.9), Michigan (2.6), Pennsylvania (2.6), Alaska (2.5), Connecticut (2.3), Arkansas (2.2), Massachusetts (2.2), Rhode Island (2.2), New York (2.1), and Oregon (2.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 9 were in Iowa (+1,420), North Dakota (+936), Oregon (+348), North Carolina (+268), and Georgia (+264), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,517), Louisiana (-2,245), New York (-2,196), Indiana (-1,657), and Michigan (-1,558).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Sept. 16 Sept. 9 Change Sept. 2 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 318,000 311,000 +7,000 313,000 421,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 264,251 240,260 +23,991 259,539 346,204
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 315,000 315,000 0 315,750 370,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Sept. 9 Sept. 2 Change Aug. 26 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,461,000 2,490,000 -29,000 2,481,000 2,642,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,161,058 2,134,179 +26,879 2,240,524 2,311,981
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,477,250 2,482,750 -5,500 2,485,500 2,604,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 1.9% 1.9% 0.0 1.9% 2.1%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
1.7% 1.6% +0.1 1.7% 1.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Sept. 9
Sept. 2
Change
Year

Federal Employees 980 977 +3 1,594
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,822 1,900 -78 1,917

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Sept. 2
Aug. 26
Change
Year

Federal Employees 14,103 14,633 -530 15,261
Newly Discharged Veterans 24,387 25,639 -1,252 27,769
Railroad Retirement Board 2,000 2,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 16 5 +11 1

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 129,945,159 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 09/09/2006 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -4,517 Decrease due to a shorter workweek.
LA -2,245 No comment.
NY -2,196 Fewer layoffs in the transportation industry.
IN -1,657 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MI -1,558 No comment.
OH -1,359 No comment.
PA -1,316 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and transportation industries.
KY -1,263 No comment.
IL -1,230 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
IA +1,420 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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