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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Oct. 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 531,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 520,000. The 4-week moving average was 532,250, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average of 533,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent for the week ending Oct. 10, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 4.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 10 was 5,923,000, a decrease of 98,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,021,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,030,750, a decrease of 59,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,090,000.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 460,449 in the week ending Oct. 17, a decrease of 49,113 from the previous week. There were 416,111 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during the week ending Oct. 10, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,898,174, a decrease of 44,913 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.3 percent and the volume was 3,134,390.

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Oct. 3.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,243 in the week ending Oct. 10, an increase of 352 from the prior week. There were 2,656 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 162 from the preceding week.

There were 19,969 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 3, a decrease of 728 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,437, a decrease of 1,438 from the prior week.

States reported 3,390,622 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 3, an increase of 40,716 from the prior week. There were 1,173,367 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 Oct. 3 were in Puerto Rico (6.6 percent), Oregon (5.3), Nevada (5.2), Pennsylvania (4.9), California (4.8), Michigan (4.7), Wisconsin (4.7), North Carolina (4.6), South Carolina (4.5), and Washington (4.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 10 were in Florida (+9,976), New York (+5,411), Wisconsin (+4,999), Indiana (+4,977), and Arkansas (+4,704), while the largest decreases were in California (-7,062), Tennessee (-294), Maine (-140), and Nebraska (-34).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Oct. 17 Oct. 10 Change Oct. 3 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 531,000 520,000 +11,000 524,000 479,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 460,449 509,562 -49,113 451,883 416,111
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 532,250 533,000 -750 540,500 479,000
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Oct. 10 Oct. 3 Change Sept. 26 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 5,923,000 6,021,000 -98,000 6,067,000 3,758,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,898,174 4,943,087 -44,913 5,017,172 3,134,390
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 6,030,750 6,090,000 -59,250 6,151,000 3,712,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.5% 4.6% -0.1 4.6% 2.8%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.7% 3.7% 0.0 3.8% 2.3%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 10
Oct. 3
Change
Year

Federal Employees 2,243 1,891 +352 1,653
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,656 2,494 +162 1,901

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 3
Sept. 26
Change
Year

Federal Employees 19,969 20,697 -728 13,535
Newly Discharged Veterans 30,437 31,875 -1,438 22,347
Railroad Retirement Board 10,000 10,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 464,778 481,165 -16,387 1,883
EUC 20083 3,390,622 3,349,906 +40,716 1,173,367

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 131,823,421 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 10/10/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -7,062 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI +1,096 No comment.
SC +1,247 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
OR +1,253 No comment.
PA +1,253 Layoffs in the service and transportation equipment industries.
MO +1,373 Layoffs in the service, transportation, and warehousing industries.
GA +1,500 Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
TX +1,631 Layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.
WA +1,740 Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
KY +1,834 No comment.
IA +2,181 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
KS +2,544 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MD +2,783 Layoffs in the trade and service industries.
IL +3,172 Layoffs in the trade and service industries.
AR +4,704 Layoffs in the construction industry.
IN +4,977 Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
WI +4,999 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NY +5,411 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
FL +9,976 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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