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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 614,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 630,000. The 4-week moving average was 615,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 618,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5.0 percent for the week ending June 20, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 5.1 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 20 was 6,702,000, a decrease of 53,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,755,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,751,500, a decrease of 13,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,765,250.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.375 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 556,863 in the week ending June 27, a decrease of 11,689 from the previous week. There were 368,544 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent during the week ending June 20, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,058,925, a decrease of 54,348 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1 percent and the volume was 2,855,557.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending June 13.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,574 in the week ending June 20, a decrease of 258 from the prior week. There were 2,095 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 181 from the preceding week.

There were 17,022 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 13, an increase of 278 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,364, an increase of 514 from the prior week.

States reported 2,437,825 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 13, an increase of 8,053 from the prior week. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending June 13 were in Michigan (7.5 percent), Oregon (6.7), Puerto Rico (6.6), Nevada (6.3), Pennsylvania (6.2), Wisconsin (5.7), California (5.4), South Carolina (5.3), Arkansas (5.2), Illinois (5.2), and North Carolina (5.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 20 were in California (+14,570), New Jersey (+3,170), Oregon (+3,062), Maryland (+2,342), and Michigan (+2,032), while the largest decreases were in Missouri (-5,753), Pennsylvania (-3,037), Texas (-2,759), Alabama (-1,926), and Florida (-1,894).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING June 27 June 20 Change June 13 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 614,000 630,000 -16,000 612,000 405,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 556,863 568,552 -11,689 558,407 368,544
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 615,250 618,000 -2,750 616,750 393,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING June 20 June 13 Change June 6 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 6,702,000 6,755,000 -53,000 6,714,000 3,152,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 6,058,925 6,113,273 -54,348 6,082,559 2,855,557
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 6,751,500 6,765,250 -13,750 6,764,250 3,132,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 5.0% 5.1% -0.1 5.0% 2.4%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.5% 4.6% -0.1 4.5% 2.1%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
June 20
June 13
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,574 1,832 -258 1,377
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,095 1,914 +181 1,519

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
June 13
June 6
Change
Year

Federal Employees 17,022 16,744 +278 11,221
Newly Discharged Veterans 28,364 27,850 +514 19,759
Railroad Retirement Board 11,000 11,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 282,059 287,780 -5,721 1,511
EUC 20083 2,437,825 2,429,772 +8,053 0

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 133,683,433 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 06/20/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MO -5,753 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.
PA -3,037 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, transportation, and transportation equipment industries.
TX -2,759 Fewer layoffs in the service, information, and manufacturing industries.
AL -1,926 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, electronics, and computer industries.
FL -1,894 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
IN -1.676 Fewer layoffs in the automobile, trade, and manufacturing industries.
PR -1,464 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
GA +1,041 Layoffs in the textile industry.
TN +1,652 Layoffs in the trade, service, transportation equipment, rubber/plastics, and fabricated metals industries.
IL +2,028 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
MI +2,032 Layoffs in the automobile and service industries.
MD +2,342 No comment.
OR +3,062 Increase is seasonal, school closings related.
NJ +3,170 Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and service industries.
CA +14,570 Layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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