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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 386,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 392,000. The 4-week moving average was 386,750, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average of 387,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending June 16, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 16 was 3,296,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,311,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,306,000, an increase of 9,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,296,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 368,418 in the week ending June 23, an increase of 3,870 from the previous week. There were 406,633 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending June 16, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,107,684, an increase of 5,712 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,511,416.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 9 was 5,890,091, an increase of 71,724 from the previous week.

 

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Extended benefits were available in the District of Columbia, Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and West Virginia during the week ending June 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,345 in the week ending June 16, a decrease of 187 from the prior week. There were 2,464 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 335 from the preceding week.

There were 16,095 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 9, a decrease of 303 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,266, an increase of 131 from the prior week.

States reported 2,645,517 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 9, an increase of 111,768 from the prior week. There were 3,300,706 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending June 9 were in Alaska (4.2), Puerto Rico (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.6), California (3.4), New Jersey (3.3), Connecticut (3.2), Illinois (3.1), Oregon (3.1), Nevada (2.9), Rhode Island (2.9), and the Virgin Islands (2.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 16 were in Pennsylvania (+4,656), New Jersey (+3,907), Maryland ( +2,624), Florida (+2,528), and Puerto Rico (+1,533), while the largest decreases were in California (-8,016), New York (-3,018), Georgia (-2,160), Illinois (-1,996), and Missouri (-1,339).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance June 23 June 16 Change June 9 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 386,000 392,000 -6,000 389,000 425,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 368,418 364,548 +3,870 376,610 406,633
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 386,750 387,500 -750 382,750 423,000
WEEK ENDING Advance June 16 June 9 Change June 2 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,296,000 3,311,000 -15,000 3,299,000 3,724,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,107,684 3,101,972 +5,712 3,091,216 3,511,416
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,306,000 3,296,750 +9,250 3,288,500 3,720,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 3.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.4% 2.4% 0.0 2.4% 2.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
June 16
June 9
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,354 1,541 -187 2,373
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,464 2,799 -335 2,584

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
June 9
June 2
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,094,274 3,082,965 +11,309 3,480,904
Federal Employees (UCFE) 16,095 16,398 -303 22,364
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,266 38,135 +131 36,716
EUC 20083 2,645,517 2,533,749 +111,768 3,300,706
Extended Benefits4 59,538 110,864 -51,326 634,171
State Additional Benefits 5 5,507 5,425 +82 5,850
STC / Workshare 6 30,894 30,831 +63 40,183
TOTAL 5,890,091 5,818,367 +71,724 7,520,894

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 127,048,587 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 06/16/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -8,016 Fewer layoffs in the service and retail industries.
NY -3,018 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, and food service industries.
GA -2,160 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, healthcare and social assistance, construction, and wholesale trade industries.
IL -1,996 Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative support service, and trade industries.
MO -1,339 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehousing, and healthcare industries.
AZ -1,211 No comment.
VA -1,117 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC -1,032 State was unable to provide comment, systems where down.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
PA +4,656 Layoffs in the transportation, entertainment, lodging, food service, healthcare, social service, and educational industries.
NJ +3,907 Layoffs in the educational service, transportation and warehousing, and accommodation and food service industry.
MD +2,624 Mass layoff in a steel production facility.
FL +2,528 Layoffs in the manufacturing, agriculture, retail, and service industries.
PR +1,533 Layoffs in the educational industry.
WI +1,128 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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