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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 366,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 385,000. The 4-week moving average was 387,750, a decrease of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average of 394,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending December 3, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 3 was 3,603,000, an increase of 4,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,599,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,666,250, a decrease of 5,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,671,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 433,287 in the week ending December 10, a decrease of 95,506 from the previous week. There were 491,776 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending December 3, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,516,999, a decrease of 179,155 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,062,531.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 26 was 7,449,507, an increase of 874,670 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 November 26.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,369 in the week ending December 3, an increase of 366 from the prior week. There were 2,879 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 1,071 from the preceding week.

There were 30,893 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 26, an increase of 3,190 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 44,325, an increase of 5,697 from the prior week.

States reported 3,048,926 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending November 26, an increase of 254,642 from the prior week. There were 3,854,067 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 November 26 were in Alaska (6.7), Oregon (4.5), Puerto Rico (4.5), California (4.1), Pennsylvania (4.0), Wisconsin (3.9), Montana (3.8), New Jersey (3.8), Arkansas (3.7), and Nevada (3.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 3 were in California (+27,780), North Carolina (+15,427), New York (+14,048), Pennsylvania (+13,634), and Georgia (+11,144) while the largest decreases were in Iowa (-1,785), Wisconsin (-1,586), Puerto Rico(-692), Arkansas (-642), and Vermont (-111).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 10 Dec. 3 Change Nov. 26 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 366,000 385,000 -19,000 404,000 427,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 433,287 528,793 -95,506 372,640 491,776
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 387,750 394,250 -6,500 396,250 426,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 3 Nov. 26 Change Nov. 19 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,603,000 3,599,000 +4,000 3,757,000 4,167,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,516,999 3,696,154 -179,155 3,167,031 4,062,531
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,666,250 3,671,250 -5,000 3,687,750 4,197,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.9% 2.9% 0.0 3.0% 3.3%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.8% 2.9% -0.1 2.5% 3.2%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Dec. 3
Nov. 26
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,369 2,003 +366 2,974
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,879 1,808 +1,071 2,879

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 26
Nov. 19
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,685,651 3,157,888 +527,763 4,202,704
Federal Employees (UCFE) 30,893 27,703 +3,190 50,944
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 44,325 38,628 +5,697 43,948
EUC 20083 3,048,926 2,794,284 +254,642 3,854,067
Extended Benefits4 593,097 515,560 +77,537 977,339
State Additional Benefits 5 4,727 4,532 +195 7,957
STC / Workshare 6 41,888 36,242 +5,646 55,108
TOTAL 7,449,507 6,574,837 +874,670 9,192,067

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 paid, 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 12/3/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
IA -1,785 No comment.
WI -1,586 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +27,780 Layoffs in the service industry.
NC +15,427 Layoffs in non classifiable establishments, and the textile, furniture and fixtures, and construction industries.
NY +14,048 Layoffs in the transportation, construction, and service industries.
PA +13,634 Layoffs in the construction, healthcare and social services, and service industries.
GA +11,144 Layoffs in the manufacturing, service, construction, trade and health care and social services industries.
TX +10,481 Layoffs in the manufacturing, service, and retail industries.
IL +7,899 Layoffs in the construction, service, wholesale and retail industries.
OH +6,873 Layoffs in the construction and automobile industries.
TN +5,719 Layoffs in the construction, service and textile industries, as well as administrative support services and specialty trade contractors.
MI +5,570 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
SC +4,655 Layoffs in the textile and manufacturing industries.
OR +4,520 Layoffs in seasonal industries.
VA +4,058 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL +2,781 Layoff in the construction, textile, and apparel industries.
MO +2,475 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.
MN +2,115 No comment.
LA +1,775 No comment.
NV +1,762 Increase due to holiday.
FL +1,740 Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, trade, retail, and service industries.
AZ +1,492 No comment.
MD +1,406 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.
WV +1,210 Layoffs in the agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining, and construction industries.
MS +1,099 No comment.
KS +1,089 No comment.
CO +1,051 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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