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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 345,000. The 4-week moving average was 341,250, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 345,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending July 20, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 20 was 2,951,000, a decrease of 52,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,003,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,026,000, a decrease of 500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,026,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 279,869 in the week ending July 27, a decrease of 60,084 from the previous week. There were 312,931 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending July 20, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,927,554, a decrease of 126,553 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,054,107. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,246,888.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 13 was 4,695,366, a decrease of 154,140 from the previous week. There were 5,964,451 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 the week ending July 13.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,279 in the week ending July 20, a decrease of 31 from the prior week. There were 2,222 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 188 from the preceding week.

There were 20,008 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 13, an increase of 266 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 35,010, a decrease of 1,464 from the prior week.

States reported 1,564,517 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending July 13, a decrease of 49,668 from the prior week. There were 2,532,828 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 July 20 were in Puerto Rico (4.9), New Jersey (3.6), Connecticut (3.5), Alaska (3.4), California (3.4), Pennsylvania (3.4), New Mexico (3.2), Nevada (2.9), Virgin Islands (2.9), Illinois (2.8), New York (2.8), Oregon (2.8), and Rhode Island (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 20 were in California (+7,723), Missouri (+635), Kansas (+427), Illinois (+383), and Maine (+136), while the largest decreases were in New York (-14,966), Pennsylvania (-8,817), Alabama (-6,019), Georgia (-5,504), and Wisconsin (-3,324).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance July 27 July 20 Change July 13 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 326,000 345,000 -19,000 336,000 366,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 279,869 339,953 -60,084 410,082 312,931
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 341,250 345,750 -4,500 346,500 368,500
WEEK ENDING Advance July 20 July 13 Change July 6 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,951,000 3,003,000 -52,000 3,123,000 3,286,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,927,554 3,054,107 -126,553 3,153,726 3,246,888
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,026,000 3,026,500 -500 3,022,500 3,301,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.3% 0.0 2.4% 2.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.3% 2.4% -0.1 2.4% 2.5%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
July 20
July 13
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,279 2,310 -31 1,330
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,222 2,410 -188 2,522

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
July 13
July 6
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,048,145 3,147,722 -99,577 3,329,538
Federal Employees (UCFE) 20,008 19,742 +266 17,950
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 35,010 36,474 -1,464 39,204
EUC 20083 1,564,517 1,614,185 -49,668 2,532,828
Extended Benefits4 806 3,608 -2,802 13,207
State Additional Benefits 5 4,017 4,261 -244 5,171
STC / Workshare 6 22,863 23,514 -651 26,553
TOTAL 4,695,366 4,849,506 -154,140 5,964,451

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 129,827,178 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 paid, 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 JULY 20, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -14,966 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, construction, and educational service industries.
PA -8,817 Fewer layoffs in the construction, professional, scientific and technical services, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
AL -6,019 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing service industry.
GA -5,504 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support services, construction, and accommodation and food service industries.
WI -3,324 No comment.
IN -3,103 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
SC -2,853 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
KY -2,671 No comment.
TX -2,385 No comment.
TN -2,325 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support services, and transportation industries.
MA -2,165 No comment.
OH -1,994 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
OR -1,942 No comment.
FL -1,703 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, and services industries.
WA -1,664 No comment.
NJ -1,528 Fewer layoffs in the trade, transportation and warehousing, educational services, construction, and accommodation and food service industries.
MN -1,485 No comment.
AZ -1,473 No comment.
VA -1,350 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC -1,342 Fewer layoffs in the construction, accommodation and food service, manufacturing, and transportation industries.
MS -1,294 No comment.
MD -1,087 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +7,723

Layoffs in the service industry.


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