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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Aug. 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 484,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 482,000. The 4-week moving average was 473,500, an increase of 14,250 from the previous week's revised average of 459,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending July 31, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 31 was 4,452,000, a decrease of 118,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,570,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,518,500, a decrease of 64,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,583,000.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.018 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 420,997 in the week ending Aug. 7, an increase of 18,862 from the previous week. There were 482,590 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending July 31, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,296,612, a decrease of 154,102 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.4 percent and the volume was 5,896,062.

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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, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending July 24.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,247 in the week ending July 31, a decrease of 69 from the prior week. There were 2,668 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 122 from the preceding week.

There were 23,114 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 24, an increase of 239 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 43,411, an increase of 724 from the prior week.

States reported 4,493,351 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 24, an increase of 1,158,473 from the prior week. There were 2,867,229 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 24 were in Puerto Rico (6.8 percent), Pennsylvania (4.9), California (4.7), Oregon (4.7), New Jersey (4.6), Alaska (4.4), Connecticut (4.4), Nevada (4.4), Wisconsin (4.2), and Rhode Island (4.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 31 were in Wisconsin (+1,901), Georgia (+1,738), Pennsylvania (+1,536), Ohio (+1,188), and New York (+1,159), while the largest decreases were in Indiana (-4,377), Florida (-3,816), Tennessee (-2,465), Illinois (-2,056), and Kentucky (-1,567).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Aug. 7 July 31 Change July 24 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 484,000 482,000 +2,000 460,000 557,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 420,997 402,135 +18,862 413,678 482,590
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 473,500 459,250 +14,250 453,250 564,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 31 July 24 Change July 17 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,452,000 4,570,000 -118,000 4,568,000 6,123,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,296,612 4,450,714 -154,102 4,568,163 5,896,062
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,518,500 4,583,000 -64,500 4,549,000 6,143,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.5% 3.6% -0.1 3.6% 4.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.4% 3.5% -0.1 3.6% 4.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 31
July 24
Change
Year

Federal Employees 3,247 3,316 -69 1,368
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,668 2,790 -122 2,020

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 24
July 17
Change
Year

Federal Employees 23,114 22,875 +239 19,568
Newly Discharged Veterans 43,411 42,687 +724 30,340
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 10,000
Extended Benefits 788,128 607,748 +180,380 544,640
EUC 20083 4,493,351 3,334,878 +1,158,473 2,867,229

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 126,763,245 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/31/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
IN -4,377 No comment.
FL -3,816 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
TN -2,465 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and transportation equipment industries.
IL -2,056 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
KY -1,567 No comment
MO -1,530 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
CA -1,265 No comment.
PR -1,207 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NJ +1,124 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
NY +1,159 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
OH +1,188 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA +1,536 Layoffs in the trade and service industries.
GA +1,738 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
WI +1,901 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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