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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 July 26, 2012
   

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 353,000, a decrease of 35,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 388,000. The 4-week moving average was 367,250, a decrease of 8,750 from the previous week's revised average of 376,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending July 14, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 14 was 3,287,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,317,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,309,000, a decrease of 3,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,312,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 337,059 in the week ending July 21, a decrease of 118,201 from the previous week. There were 369,207 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending July 14, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,333,287, a decrease of 26,780 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,752,532.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 7 was 6,034,225, an increase of 280,405 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 July 7.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,658 in the week ending July 14, a decrease of 52 from the prior week. There were 2,776 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 497 from the preceding week.

There were 16,975 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 7, an increase of 509 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,046, an increase of 1,527 from the prior week.

States reported 2,556,456 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 7, an increase of 32,093 from the prior week. There were 3,172,428 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 July 7 were in the Virgin Islands (4.7), Puerto Rico (4.1), New Jersey (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.9), Connecticut (3.7), Alaska (3.7), Rhode Island (3.5), California (3.4), Wisconsin (3.4), and Oregon (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 14 were in California (+26,244), North Carolina (+11,948), Georgia (+8,372), Alabama (+4,148), and Oregon (+3,019), while the largest decreases were in New York (-10,794), Michigan (-7,453), Kentucky (-4,904), Pennsylvania (-4,186), and Ohio (-3,120).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance July 21 July 14 Change July 7 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 353,000 388,000 -35,000 352,000 402,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 337,059 455,260 -118,201 442,192 369,207
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 367,250 376,000 -8,750 377,000 413,000
WEEK ENDING Advance July 14 July 7 Change June 30 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,287,000 3,317,000 -30,000 3,314,000 3,715,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,333,287 3,360,067 -26,780 3,112,199 3,752,532
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,309,000 3,312,750 -3,750 3,311,000 3,724,500

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

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
July 14
July 7
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,658 1,710 -52 1,883
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,776 2,279 +497 2,639

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
July 7
June 30
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,353,053 3,105,573 +247,480 3,771,753
Federal Employees (UCFE) 16,975 16,466 +509 24,961
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 39,046 37,519 +1,527 38,300
EUC 20083 2,556,456 2,524,363 +32,093 3,172,428
Extended Benefits4 36,127 41,113 -4,986 585,172
State Additional Benefits 5 4,791 4,773 +18 4,805
STC / Workshare 6 27,777 24,013 +3,764 45,699
TOTAL 6,034,225 5,753,820 +280,405 7,643,118

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 127,495,952 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 07/14/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -10,794 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, utility, and educational service industries.
MI -7,453 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
KY -4,904 No comment.
PA -4,186 Fewer layoffs in the professional, scientific, and technology, fabricated metal products manufacturing, and construction industries.
OH -3,120 No comment.
IA -2,767

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IN -2,198 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
IL -2,056 Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing and administrative support service industries.
NJ -1,425 Fewer layoffs in the health care & social assistance, education, accommodation & food service, and manufacturing and transportation services.
KS -1,393 No comment.
WI -1,332 No comment.
WA -1,309 No comment.
MA -1,210 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AR -1,204 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +26,244 Layoffs in the service industry.
NC +11,948 Layoffs in the transportation equipment, textile mill products, furniture & fixtures, and heavy construction industries.
GA +8,372 Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative & support services, trade, construction, and accommodation & food services industries.
AL +4,148

Layoffs in the transportation equipment manufacturing, construction, and fabricated metal manufacturing industries.

OR +3,019 No comment.
SC +2,796 Layoffs in the fabricated metal products manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, and transportation equipment manufacturing industries.
TN +1,770 Layoffs in the administrative & support services, plastic & rubber products manufacturing, and transportation equipment manufacturing industries.
VA +1,237 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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