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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 439,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 437,000. The 4-week moving average was 443,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 447,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Nov. 6, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 6 was 4,295,000, a decrease of 48,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,343,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,353,250, a decrease of 45,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,398,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 407,468 in the week ending Nov. 13, a decrease of 45,189 from the previous week. There were 475,701 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending Nov. 6, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,710,605, a decrease of 72,487 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.7 percent and the volume was 4,883,657.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Oct. 30 was 8,854,206.

 

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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 Oct. 30.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,373 in the week ending Nov. 6, a decrease of 396 from the prior week. There were 2,524 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 19 from the preceding week.

There were 46,522 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 30, an increase of 3,345 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,719, a decrease of 1,740 from the prior week.

States reported 3,966,805 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 30, an increase of 66,767 from the prior week. There were 3,579,426 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 Oct. 30 were in Puerto Rico (6.0 percent), Alaska (5.5), Oregon (4.4), California (4.1), Pennsylvania (4.0), Nevada (3.9), New Jersey (3.8), Connecticut (3.6), Wisconsin (3.6), Arkansas (3.5), Illinois (3.5), and South Carolina (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 6 were in North Carolina (+3,277), Pennsylvania (+3,005), Michigan (+2,218), Massachusetts (+2,183), and New York (+2,112), while the largest decreases were in Indiana (-2,001), Kentucky (-1,499), Virginia (-335), California (-163), and Kansas (-162).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 13 Nov. 6 Change Oct. 30 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 439,000 437,000 +2,000 459,000 509,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 407,468 452,657 -45,189 421,097 475,701
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 443,000 447,000 -4,000 456,500 516,500
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 6 Oct. 30 Change Oct. 23 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,295,000 4,343,000 -48,000 4,387,000 5,626,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,710,605 3,783,092 -72,487 3,759,357 4,883,657
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,353,250 4,398,750 -45,500 4,424,000 5,715,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.4% 3.5% -0.1 3.5% 4.3%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.9% 3.0% -0.1 3.0% 3.7%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 6
Oct. 30
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 3,373 3,769 -396 2,336
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,524 2,505 +19 2,478

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Oct. 30
Oct. 23
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,766,898 3,744,373 +22,525 4,938,442
Federal Employees (UCFE) 46,522 43,177 +3,345 24,957
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 42,719 44,459 -1,740 34,934
EUC 20083 3,966,805 3,900,038 +66,767 3,579,426
Extended Benefits4 965,710 911,239 +54,471 618,385
State Additional Benefits 5 4,333 4,350 -17 10,735
STC / Workshare 6 61,219 61,165 +54 104,948
TOTAL 8,854,206 8,708,801 +145,405 9,311,827

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 125,845,577 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: https://oui.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 can be  found starting on page 4-5 of this link: https://oui.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: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 11/06/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
IN -2,001 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
KY -1,499 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
AR +1,027 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MO +1,086 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.
NV +1,091 Return to a five day workweek (state holiday on the 29th of October).
MN +1,178 No comment.
TX +1,635 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
OH +1,645 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
TN +1,696 Layoffs in the industrial machinery, transportation equipment, trade, and service industries.
WA +1,751 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry, and agriculture.
NJ +2,081 Layoffs in the trade, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.
GA +2,101 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NY +2,112 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
MA +2,183 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
MI +2,218 Layoffs in the construction and service industries, and agriculture, forestry, and hunting.
PA +3,005 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.
NC +3,277 Layoffs in the construction, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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