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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Dec. 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 586,000, an increase of 30,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 556,000. The 4-week moving average was 558,000, an increase of 13,750 from the previous week's revised average of 544,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent for the week ending Dec. 13, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec. 13 was 4,370,000, a decrease of 17,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,387,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,319,750, an increase of 93,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,226,750.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 715,496 in the week ending Dec. 20, an increase of 85,629 from the previous week. There were 456,272 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending Dec. 13, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,592,793, an increase of 214,520 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1 percent and the volume was 2,813,055.

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Extended benefits were available in North Carolina and Rhode Island during the week ending Dec. 6.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,199 in the week ending Dec. 13, an increase of 144 from the prior week. There were 2,056 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 34 from the preceding week.

There were 18,460 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 6, an increase of 281 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 24,744, a decrease of 1,563 from the prior week.

States reported 1,426,540 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Dec. 6, an increase of 492,078 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Dec. 6 were in Oregon (5.2 percent), Puerto Rico (5.2), Michigan (4.9), Idaho (4.7), Pennsylvania (4.7), Nevada (4.6), Wisconsin (4.3), South Carolina (4.2), California (4.1), Alaska (4.0), Arkansas (4.0), and New Jersey (4.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 13 were in Oklahoma (+1,590), Connecticut (+1,286), Illinois (+962), Maine (+707), and Utah (+402), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-20,526), California (-16,493), Pennsylvania (-12,438), Georgia (-12,053), and South Carolina (-8,432).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Dec. 20 Dec. 13 Change Dec. 6 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 586,000 556,000 +30,000 575,000 353,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 715,496 629,867 +85,629 759,531 456,272
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 558,000 544,250 +13,750 541,000 344,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Dec. 13 Dec. 6 Change Nov. 29 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,370,000 4,387,000 -17,000 4,431,000 2,702,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,592,793 4,378,273 +214,520 4,493,526 2,813,055
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,319,750 4,226,750 +93,000 4,134,000 2,650,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.3% 3.3% 0.0 3.3% 2.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.4% 3.3% +0.1 3.4% 2.1%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Dec. 13
Dec. 6
Change
Year

Federal Employees 2,199 2,055 +144 1,748
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,056 2,090 -34 1,496

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Dec. 6
Nov. 29
Change
Year

Federal Employees 18,460 18,179 +281 18,081
Newly Discharged Veterans 24,744 26,307 -1,563 24,563
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 97 145 -48 0
EUC 2008 1,426,540 934,462 +492,078 0

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 133,902,387 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 12/13/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NC -20,526 Fewer layoffs in the construction, textile, furniture, transportation equipment, fabricated metals, lumber/wood, and rubber/plastics industries.
CA -16,493 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
PA -12,438 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
GA -12,053 Fewer layoffs in the textile and manufacturing industries.
SC -8,432 Fewer layoffs in the textile, apparel, and manufacturing industries.
WI -7,499 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
NY -6,793 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
VA -6,372 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TN -5,343 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
OR -3,964 No comment.
AL -3,673 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MN -3,651 No comment.
MO -3,055 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
OH -2,916 No comment.
TX -2,583 Fewer layoffs in the finance, trade, and manufacturing industries.
IN -2,408 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
NJ -2,388 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
WA -2,247 No comment.
MS -2,138 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
FL -1,707 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
KY -1,205 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
AR -1,176 No comment.
IA -1,138 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
KS -1,080 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CT +1,286 No comment.
OK +1,590 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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