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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Aug. 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 558,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 554,000. The 4-week moving average was 565,000, an increase of 8,500 from the previous week's revised average of 556,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the week ending Aug. 1, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 4.8 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Aug. 1 was 6,202,000, a decrease of 141,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,343,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,259,250, a decrease of 27,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,287,000.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.548 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 479,824 in the week ending Aug. 8, an increase of 13,129 from the previous week. There were 373,858 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent during the week ending Aug. 1, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,860,918, a decrease of 158,904 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,199,339.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending July 25.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,368 in the week ending Aug. 1, a decrease of 293 from the prior week. There were 2,020 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 39 from the preceding week.

There were 19,568 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 25, a decrease of 215 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,340, an increase of 233 from the prior week.

States reported 2,785,372 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 25, an increase of 30,981 from the prior week. There were 747,707 claimants in the comparable week in 2008. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 25 were in Michigan (6.8 percent), Puerto Rico (6.7), Oregon (6.3), Pennsylvania (6.2), Nevada (6.0), Wisconsin (5.6), Connecticut (5.5), California (5.4), New Jersey (5.4), and Illinois (5.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Aug. 1 were in Alabama (+721), Washington (+692), Nebraska (+306), Kentucky (+247), and Delaware (+157), while the largest decreases were in California (-7,258), Michigan (-7,031), Tennessee (-4,391), Florida (-3,358), and Georgia (-2,538).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Aug. 8 Aug. 1 Change July 25 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 558,000 554,000 +4,000 589,000 440,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 479,824 466,695 +13,129 511,628 373,858
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 565,000 556,500 +8,500 560,250 436,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Aug. 1 July 25 Change July 18 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 6,202,000 6,343,000 -141,000 6,241,000 3,396,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 5,860,918 6,019,822 -158,904 6,104,047 3,199,339
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 6,259,250 6,287,000 -27,750 6,427,250 3,303,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.7% 4.8% -0.1 4.7% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.4% 4.5% -0.1 4.6% 2.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Aug. 1
July 25
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,368 1,661 -293 1,082
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,020 1,981 +39 1,694

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 25
July 18
Change
Year

Federal Employees 19,568 19,783 -215 13,710
Newly Discharged Veterans 30,340 30,107 +233 20,993
Railroad Retirement Board 11,000 11,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 448,830 491,684 -42,854 1,831
EUC 20083 2,785,372 2,754,391 +30,981 747,707

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 133,078,480 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 08/01/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -7,258 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
MI -7,031 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
TN -4,391 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
FL -3,358 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
GA -2,538 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
IL -2,535 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
SC -2,391 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
OH -2,382 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
PR -1,835 No comment.
IN -1,458 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
WI -1,232 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
TX -1,131 No comment.
PA -1,131 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, industrial machinery, food, and wood products industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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