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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 350,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 376,000. The 4-week moving average was 376,500, a decrease of 9,750 from the previous week's revised average of 386,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending June 30, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 30 was 3,304,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,318,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,308,500, an increase of 1,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,307,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 439,743 in the week ending July 7, an increase of 69,971 from the previous week. There were 473,963 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending June 30, 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 3,102,691, a decrease of 42,328 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,534,925.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 23 was 5,874,035, an increase of 17,011 from the previous week.

 

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Extended benefits were available in the Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, during the week ending June 23.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,446 in the week ending June 30, an increase of 36 from the prior week. There were 2,622 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 64 from the preceding week.

There were 15,999 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 23, a decrease of 464 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,333, a decrease of 254 from the prior week.

States reported 2,606,287 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 23, a decrease of 9,842 from the prior week. There were 3,234,115 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 23 were in Puerto Rico (4.1), Alaska (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.8), Connecticut (3.5), California (3.4), New Jersey (3.4), Rhode Island (3.3), Illinois (3.1), Oregon (3.1), Nevada (3.0), and the Virgin Islands (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 30 were in New York (+4,473), Kentucky (+2,252), Michigan (+1,742), California (+1,045), and Oklahoma (+843), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-3,724), Texas (-2,196), Pennsylvania (-2,113), Massachusetts (-1,325), and Maryland (-806).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance July 7 June 30 Change June 23 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 350,000 376,000 -26,000 388,000 410,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 439,743 369,772 +69,971 370,460 473,963
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 376,500 386,250 -9,750 387,250 420,250
WEEK ENDING Advance June 30 June 23 Change June 16 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,304,000 3,318,000 -14,000 3,302,000 3,737,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,102,691 3,145,019 -42,328 3,113,904 3,534,925
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,308,500 3,307,250 +1,250 3,307,250 3,726,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 3.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.4% 2.5% -0.1 2.5% 2.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
June 30
June 23
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,446 1,410 +36 2,035
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,622 2,686 -64 2,700

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
June 23
June 16
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,138,373 3,107,393 +30,980 3,542,791
Federal Employees (UCFE) 15,999 16,463 -464 23,508
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,333 38,587 -254 37,176
EUC 20083 2,606,287 2,616,129 -9,842 3,234,115
Extended Benefits4 43,972 47,425 -3,453 594,230
State Additional Benefits 5 4,943 5,326 -383 5,396
STC / Workshare 6 26,128 25,701 +427 45,194
TOTAL 5,874,035 5,857,024 +17,011 7,482,410

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 06/30/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL -3,724 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, trade, retail, and service industries.
TX -2,196 No comment.
PA -2,113 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, entertainment, lodging and food service, educational services, and healthcare and social service industries.
MA

-1,325

No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY +4,473 Layoffs in the transportation, educational services, and healthcare and social assistance industries.
KY +2,252 No comment.
MI +1,742 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
CA +1,045 Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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