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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 321,000. The 4-week moving average was 322,250, a decrease of 10,750 from the previous week's revised average of 333,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent for the week ending November 23, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 23 was 2,744,000, a decrease of 21,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,765,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,796,500, a decrease of 32,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,829,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 313,973 in the week ending November 30, a decrease of 54,507 from the previous week. There were 500,163 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent during the week ending November 23, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,480,863, a decrease of 192,783 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,315,644.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 16 was 4,096,901, an increase of 183,227 from the previous week. There were 4,959,201 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

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No states were triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending November 16.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,395 in the week ending November 23, an increase of 452 from the prior week. There were 2,144 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 117 from the preceding week.

There were 20,409 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 16, an increase of 1,217 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 32,030, an increase of 753 from the prior week.

States reported 1,350,604 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending November 16, an increase of 45,705 from the prior week. There were 2,008,608 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 November 23 were in Alaska (5.5), Puerto Rico (3.7), Virgin Islands (3.3), New Jersey (3.2), California (3.1), Pennsylvania (2.9), Connecticut (2.8), Oregon (2.6), Illinois (2.5), and Nevada (2.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 23 were in California (+8,326), Pennsylvania (+4,416), Michigan (+3,426), Illinois (+2,638), and Texas (+2,099), while the largest decreases were in New Jersey (-572), Florida (-492), Idaho (-293), Mississippi (-287), and Virginia (-72).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 30 Nov. 23 Change Nov. 16 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 298,000 321,000 -23,000 326,000 370,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 313,973 368,480 -54,507 325,879 500,163
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 322,250 333,000 -10,750 339,250 402,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 23 Nov. 16 Change Nov. 9 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,744,000 2,765,000 -21,000 2,867,000 3,216,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,480,863 2,673,646 -192,783 2,540,280 3,315,644
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,796,500 2,829,000 -32,500 2,854,500 3,283,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.1% 2.1% 0.0 2.2% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
1.9% 2.1% -0.2 1.9% 2.6%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 23
Nov. 16
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,395 1,943 +452 1,628
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,144 2,027 +117 1,863

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 16
Nov. 9
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,668,017 2,533,968 +134,049 2,829,876
Federal Employees (UCFE) 20,409 19,192 +1,217 18,848
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 32,030 31,277 +753 36,890
EUC 20083 1,350,604 1,304,899 +45,705 2,008,608
Extended Benefits4 216 201 +15 37,096
State Additional Benefits 5 4,703 4,608 +95 5,820
STC / Workshare 6 20,922 19,529 +1,393 22,063
TOTAL 4,096,901 3,913,674 +183,227 4,959,201

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 NOVEMBER 23, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +8,326 Layoffs in the service, agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries.
PA +4,416 Layoffs in the construction, professional, scientific and technical services, manufacturing, and health care and social service industries.
MI +3,426 Layoffs in the management of companies and enterprises industries.
IL +2,638 Layoffs in the manufacturing, adminstrative and support and waste management remediation services, construction, wholesale trade, and retail trade industries.
TX +2,099 No comment.
OH +2,027 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
OR +1,488 No comment.
NY +1,472 Layoffs in the construction, retail trade, and food service industries.
GA +1,159 Layoffs in the manufacturing, adminstrative and support service, trade, and accomodation and food service industries.
MN +1,106 No comment.
MA +1,105 Layoffs in theconstruction, administrative and waste management, health care and social services, and art, entertainment and recreation industries.
NV +1,052 No comment.
IN +1,035 Layoffs in the retail industry.

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