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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 28 the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 365,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 357,000. The 4-week moving average was 365,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 368,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending July 21, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 21 was 3,272,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,291,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,298,500, a decrease of 11,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,310,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 310,492 in the week ending July 28, a decrease of 30,083 from the previous week. There were 341,103 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending July 21, 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 3,239,615, a decrease of 97,192 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,680,729.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 14 was 5,964,553, a decrease of 69,672 from the previous week.

 

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Extended benefits were only available in Idaho during the week ending July 14,

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,333 in the week ending July 21, a decrease of 325 from the prior week. There were 2,513 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 263 from the preceding week.

There were 17,979 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 14, an increase of 1,004 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,198, an increase of 152 from the prior week.

States reported 2,532,828 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 14, a decrease of 23,628 from the prior week. There were 3,184,621 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 14 were in the Virgin Islands (4.8), Puerto Rico (4.3), Pennsylvania (4.1), New Jersey (3.8), Alaska (3.7), Connecticut (3.7), California (3.6), Rhode Island (3.5), New York (3.2), and Nevada (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 21 were in Kentucky (+4,073), Vermont (+236), Puerto Rico (+48), the Virgin Islands (+14), and South Dakota (+10), while the largest decreases were in California (-32,107), New York (-15,615), North Carolina (-12,448), Georgia (-7,923), and Alabama (-5,122).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance July 28 July 21 Change July 14 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 365,000 357,000 +8,000 388,000 402,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 310,492 340,575 -30,083 455,260 341,103
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 365,500 368,250 -2,750 376,000 408,000
WEEK ENDING Advance July 21 July 14 Change July 7 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,272,000 3,291,000 -19,000 3,317,000 3,737,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,239,615 3,336,807 -97,192 3,360,067 3,680,729
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,298,500 3,310,000 -11,500 3,312,750 3,729,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 3.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.5% 2.6% -0.1 2.6% 2.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
July 21
July 14
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,333 1,658 -325 1,781
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,513 2,776 -263 2,697

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
July 14
July 7
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,329,617 3,353,053 -23,436 3,742,234
Federal Employees (UCFE) 17,979 16,975 +1,004 25,677
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 39,198 39,046 +152 37,709
EUC 20083 2,532,828 2,556,456 -23,628 3,184,621
Extended Benefits4 13,207 36,127 -22,920 531,698
State Additional Benefits 5 5,171 4,791 +380 4,862
STC / Workshare 6 26,553 27,777 -1,224 41,307
TOTAL 5,964,553 6,034,225 -69,672 7,568,108

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 07/21/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -32,107 Fewer layoffs in the service industry
NY -15,615 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, educational service and construction industries.
NC -12,448 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, textile mill, furniture and fixtures, business service, wholesale trade and durable goods production industries.
GA -7,923 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support services, trade, and construction industries.
AL -5,122 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment manufacturing, administrative support service and waste managment remediation, construction, and accommodation and food service industries.
WI -4,427

No comment.

OR -3,974 No comment.
SC -3,339 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA 3,303 Fewer layoffs in the construction, professional, scientific and technology service, educational service, entertainment, lodging, food service, and transportation service industries.
FL -3,003 Fewer layoff in the construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and retail trade industries.
VA -2,485 Fewer layoff in the manufacturing industry.
WA -2,228 No comment.
MO -2,191 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, and construction industries.
TX -1,898 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support service, educational service, and retail trade service industries.
MI -1,898 No Comment.
MN -1,587 No Comment.
CT -1,504 No Comment.
TN -1,189 Fewer layoffs in the administrative support service, plastics and rubber product manufacturing, specialty trade contractors, food service, and transportation equipment manufacturing.
OH -1,175

No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
KY +4,073 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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