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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Sept. 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 451,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 478,000. The 4-week moving average was 477,750, a decrease of 9,250 from the previous week's revised average of 487,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Aug. 28, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Aug. 28 was 4,478,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,480,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,488,000, a decrease of 3,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,491,250.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 4.986 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 376,558 in the week ending Sept. 4, a decrease of 6,476 from the previous week. There were 466,277 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.2 percent during the week ending Aug. 28, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,052,572, a decrease of 73,554 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.1 percent and the volume was 5,437,541.

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Aug. 21.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 4,720 in the week ending Aug. 28, an increase of 788 from the prior week. There were 2,648 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 71 from the preceding week.

There were 25,031 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Aug. 21, an increase of 239 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,830, a decrease of 323 from the prior week.

States reported 4,510,645 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Aug. 21, a decrease of 35,365 from the prior week. There were 3,156,763 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Aug. 21 were in Puerto Rico (5.9 percent), New Jersey (4.6), Pennsylvania (4.6), Oregon (4.5), California (4.4), Connecticut (4.3), Alaska (4.1), Nevada (4.1), Rhode Island (4.0), and Wisconsin (3.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Aug. 28 were in New York (+4,891), Florida (+1,886), Nevada (+1,052), Oregon (+828), and Texas (+742), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,127), Illinois (-2,114), Iowa (-813), Michigan (-599), and Maryland (-550).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Sept. 4 Aug. 28 Change Aug. 21 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 451,000 478,000 -27,000 478,000 556,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 376,558 383,034 -6,476 384,911 466,277
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 477,750 487,000 -9,250 488,000 566,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Aug. 28 Aug. 21 Change Aug. 14 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,478,000 4,480,000 -2,000 4,479,000 6,035,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,052,572 4,126,126 -73,554 4,219,684 5,437,541
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,488,000 4,491,250 -3,250 4,513,750 6,081,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.5% 3.5% 0.0 3.5% 4.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.2% 3.3% -0.1 3.3% 4.1%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Aug. 28
Aug. 21
Change
Year

Federal Employees 4,720 3,932 +788 1,488
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,648 2,719 -71 2,189

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Aug. 21
Aug. 14
Change
Year

Federal Employees 25,031 24,792 +239 19,766
Newly Discharged Veterans 40,830 41,153 -323 30,796
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 9,000
Extended Benefits 959,368 894,659 +64,709 631,991
EUC 20083 4,510,645 4,546,010 -35,365 3,156,763

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 126,763,245 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 08/28/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -4,127 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
IL -2,114 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NV +1,052 No comment.
FL +1,886 No comment.
NY +4,891 Layoffs in the service and transportation industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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