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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 September 15, 2011
   

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending September 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 428,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 417,000. The 4-week moving average was 419,500, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 415,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending September 3, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 3 was 3,726,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,738,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,741,000, an increase of 1,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,739,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 325,999 in the week ending September 10, a decrease of 22,495 from the previous week. There were 341,791 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending September 3, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,267,684, a decrease of 167,359 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.1 percent and the volume was 3,933,895.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 27 was 7,144,143, a decrease of 25,033 from the previous week.

 

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending August 27.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,897 in the week ending September 3, a decrease of 119 from the prior week. There were 2,748 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 61 from the preceding week.

There were 25,085 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 27, an increase of 1,097 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,299, an increase of 128 from the prior week.

States reported 3,066,671 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending August 27, an increase of 6,049 from the prior week. There were 4,105,555 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending August 27 were in Puerto Rico (4.4), Pennsylvania (4.2), New Jersey (4.0), California (3.7), Connecticut (3.7), Oregon (3.5), Rhode Island (3.5), Nevada (3.4), Alaska (3.3),and New York (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 3 were in Kansas (+1,969), North Carolina (+1,450), Washington (+1,443), New Jersey (+1,324), and Texas (+1,239) while the largest decreases were in New York (-2,854), South Carolina (-2,118), Puerto Rico (-1,611), California (-576), and Virginia (-216).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING

Advance Sept. 10

Sept. 3
Change August 27 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 428,000 417,000 +11,000 412,000 450,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 325,999 348,494 -22,495 336,761 341,791
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 419,500 415,500 +4,000 411,000 460,500
WEEK ENDING
Advance Sept. 3
August 27
Change August 20 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,726,000 3,738,000 -12,000 3,747,000 4,491,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,267,684 3,435,043 -167,359 3,473,182 3,933,895
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,741,000 3,739,750 +1,250 3,729,000 4,481,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.0 3.0 0.0 3.0 3.5
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.6 2.7 -0.1 2.8 3.1

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Sept. 3
August 27
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,897 2,016 -119 5,069
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,748 2,687 +61 4,276

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
August 27
August 20
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,423,471 3,461,773 -38,302 4,126,542
Federal Employees (UCFE) 25,085 23,988 +1,097 27,233
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,299 38,171 +128 42,096
EUC 20083 3,066,671 3,060,622 +6,049 4,105,555
Extended Benefits4 541,044 536,892 +4,152 854,111
State Additional Benefits 5 4,155 4,165 -10 3,506
STC / Workshare 6 45,418 43,565 +1,853 50,531
TOTAL 7,144,143 7,169,176 -25,033 9,209,574

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 125,807,389 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: https://oui.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 can be found starting on page 4-5 of this link: https://oui.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: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 09/03/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -2,854 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, education related service, and service industries.
SC -2,118 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PR -1,611 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
KY +1,005 No comment.
NV +1,046 No comment.
IN +1,237 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TX +1,239 Layoffs in education related service, manufacturing, and service industries.
NJ +1,324 Layoff in the construction, manufacturing, service, and retail industries.
WA +1,443 Layoff in the construction and manufacturing industries.
NC +1,450 Layoffs in the furniture and fixtures, and transportation industries.
KS +1,969 Layoffs in the transportation and electrical manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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