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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL 11-1609-NAT
   
   
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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 November 10, 2011
   

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 390,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 400,000. The 4-week moving average was 400,000, a decrease of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average of 405,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending October 29, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 29 was 3,615,000, a decrease of 92,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,707,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,690,250, a decrease of 19,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,709,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 398,753 in the week ending November 5, an increase of 29,106 from the previous week. There were 452,657 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending October 29, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,166,982, a decrease of 32,545 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,783,097.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 22 was 6,835,604, an increase of 51,990 from the previous week.

 

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending October 22.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,606 in the week ending October 29, an increase of 287 from the prior week. There were 2,712 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 42 from the preceding week.

There were 28,657 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 22, a decrease of 572 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 41,066, a decrease of 20 from the prior week.

States reported 2,953,824 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 22, an increase of 8,182 from the prior week. There were 3,900,038 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending October 22 were in Puerto Rico (4.8), Alaska (4.5), Oregon (3.6), California (3.5), Pennsylvania (3.5), Virgin Islands (3.4), New Jersey (3.3), Nevada (3.2), Arkansas (3.1), and Connecticut (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 29 were in Michigan (+1,467), Wisconsin (+1,320), Oregon (+919), Minnesota (+783), and Florida (+674) while the largest decreases were in California (-5,633), New York (-1,661), North Carolina (-1,659), Tennessee (-1,302), and Nevada (-894).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 5 Oct. 29 Change Oct. 22 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 390,000 400,000 -10,000 406,000 436,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 398,753 369,647 +29,106 377,156 452,657
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 400,000 405,250 -5,250 406,500 444,250
WEEK ENDING Advance Oct. 29 Oct. 22 Change Oct. 15 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,615,000 3,707,000 -92,000 3,700,000 4,314,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,166,982 3,199,527 -32,545 3,196,554 3,783,097
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,690,250 3,709,750 -19,500 3,714,250 4,359,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.9% 2.9% 0.0 2.9% 3.4%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.5% 2.5% 0.0 2.5% 3.0%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Oct. 29
Oct. 22
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,606 2,319 +287 3,769
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,712 2,670 +42 2,505

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Oct. 22
Oct. 15
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,188,365 3,188,368 -3 3,744,373
Federal Employees (UCFE) 28,657 29,229 -572 43,177
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 41,066 41,086 -20 44,459
EUC 20083 2,953,824 2,945,642 +8,182 3,900,038
Extended Benefits4 575,791 540,500 +35,291 911,239
State Additional Benefits 5 4,753 4,551 +202 4,350
STC / Workshare 6 43,148 34,238 +8,910 61,192
TOTAL 6,835,604 6,783,614 +51,990 8,708,828

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 126,188,733 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.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 can be found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.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: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 10/29/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -5,633 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
NY -1,661 Fewer layoffs in the educational service, finance and insurance, and service industries.
NC -1,659 No comment.
TN -1,302 Fewer layoffs in the service, construction, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI +1,467 Layoffs in the manufacturing and transportation industries.
WI +1,320 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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