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U.S. Department of Labor
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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL13-2038-NAT
   
   
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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 October 24, 2013
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 350,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 362,000. The 4-week moving average was 348,250, an increase of 10,750 from the previous week's revised average of 337,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending October 12, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 12 was 2,874,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,882,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,894,750, an increase of 13,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,881,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 310,814 in the week ending October 19, a decrease of 49,905 from the previous week. There were 345,226 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent during the week ending October 12, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,471,524, an increase of 33,215 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2 percent and the volume was 2,815,723.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 5 was 3,856,740, a decrease of 71,957 from the previous week. There were 4,923,220 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 during the week ending October 5.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by Federal civilian employees in the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program totaled 44,132 in the week ending October 12, a decrease of 25,939 from the prior week. The states reporting the highest number of UCFE initial claims were Maryland (8,445), Texas (4,109), Georgia (3,027) Virginia (2,503) and New York (2,429). There were 2,991 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 391 from the preceding week.

There were 44,810 Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 5, an increase of 25,224 from the previous week. The states with the highest level Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 31,147, a decrease of 3,787 from the prior week.

States reported 1,324,967 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending October 5, a decrease of 54,151 from the prior week. There were 2,052,957 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 October 12 were in Virgin Islands (4.0), Alaska (3.7), Puerto Rico (3.5), New Jersey (3.0), Maryland (2.9), Connecticut (2.7), Pennsylvania (2.6), California (2.5), Illinois (2.4), District of Columbia (2.3), Nevada (2.3), New York (2.3), and Oregon (2.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 12 were in California (+11,781), Pennsylvania (+3,362), New York (+2,443), Illinois (+2,178), and South Carolina (+1,182), while the largest decreases were in Kentucky (-2,178), Ohio (-2,164), Minnesota (-1,375), Massachusetts (-1,059), and Hawaii (-705).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance October 19 October 12 Change October 5 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 350,000 362,000 -12,000 373,000 372,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 310,814 360,714 -49,900 336,138 345,226
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 348,250 337,500 +10,750 324,750 369,000
WEEK ENDING Advance October 12 October 5 Change September 28 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,874,000 2,882,000 -8,000 2,902,000 3,255,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,471,524 2,438,309 +33,215 2,475,308 2,815,723
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,894,750 2,881,500 +13,250 2,858,000 3,264,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.2% 2.2% 0.0 2.2% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
1.9% 1.9% 0.0 1.9% 2.2%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
October 12
October 5
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 44,132 70,071 -25,939 1,991
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,991 3,382 -391 2,824

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
October 5
September 28
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,432,791 2,470,047 -37,256 2,746,361
Federal Employees (UCFE) 44,810 19,586 +25,224 17,569
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 31,147 34,934 -3,787 38,115
EUC 20083 1,324,967 1,379,118 -54,151 2,052,957
Extended Benefits4 174 204 -30 34,389
State Additional Benefits 5 4,531 5,053 -522 6,151
STC / Workshare 6 18,320 19,755 -1,435 27,678
TOTAL 3,856,740 3,928,697 -71,957 4,923,220

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 130,396,096 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 OCTOBER 12, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
KY -2,178 No comment.
OH -2,164 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MN -1,375 No comment.
MA -1,059 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +11,781 Layoffs in the service, agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries.
PA +3,362 Layoffs in the construction, professional, scientific and technology service, healthcare and social services, entertainment, and accommodation and food service industries.
NY +2,443 Layoffs in food service, construction, art, and entertainment and recreation industries.
IL +2,178 Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
SC +1,182 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ +1,123 Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, accommodation and food service, and administrative industries.
WA +1,079 Layoffs in the agriculture, manufacturing, information, and art industries.
NV +1,069 No comment.


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