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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 381,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 404,000. The 4-week moving average was 393,250, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average of 396,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent for the week ending November 26, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 26 was 3,583,000, a decrease of 174,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,757,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,667,250, a decrease of 20,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,687,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 523,642 in the week ending December 3, an increase of 151,002 from the previous week. There were 585,711 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending November 26, an increase of 0.4 percentage points from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,679,992, an increase of 512,961 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.4 percent and the volume was 4,216,488.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 19 was 6,574,837, a decrease of 431,307 from the previous week.

 

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending November 19.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,003 in the week ending November 26, a decrease of 294 from the prior week. There were 1,808 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 959 from the preceding week.

There were 27,703 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 19, a decrease of 2,137 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,628, a decrease of 4,411 from the prior week.

States reported 2,794,284 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending November 19, a decrease of 178,610 from the prior week. There were 3,711,136 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending November 19 were in Alaska (5.6), Puerto Rico (4.7), Oregon (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.5), Connecticut (3.3), Nevada (3.3), New Jersey (3.3), Arkansas (3.2), Idaho (3.1), and Rhode Island (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 26 were in Wisconsin (+8,172), Michigan ( (+2,643), Iowa (+2,228), Indiana (+1,645), and Ohio (+1,500) while the largest decreases were in California (-27,440), Texas (-8,543), Florida (-5,306), South Carolina (-4,670), and New York
(-4,614).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Dec. 3 Nov. 26 Change Nov. 19 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 381,000 404,000 -23,000 396,000 425,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 523,642 372,640 +151,002 440,157 585,711
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 393,250 396,250 -3,000 395,250 430,250
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 26 Nov. 19 Change Nov. 12 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,583,000 3,757,000 -174,000 3,706,000 4,126,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,679,992 3,167,031 +512,961 3,375,917 4,216,488
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,667,250 3,687,750 -20,500 3,675,250 4,223,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.8% 3.0% -0.2 2.9% 3.3%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.9% 2.5% +0.4 2.7% 3.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 26
Nov. 19
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,003 2,297 -294 2,445
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,808 2,767 -959 1,574

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Nov. 19
Nov. 12
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,157,888 3,365,659 -207,771 3,654,367
Federal Employees (UCFE) 27,703 29,840 -2,137 43,802
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,628 43,039 -4,411 39,843
EUC 20083 2,794,284 2,972,894 -178,610 3,711,136
Extended Benefits4 515,560 548,554 -32,994 795,733
State Additional Benefits 5 4,532 4,628 -96 4,514
STC / Workshare 6 36,242 41,530 -5,288 48,595
TOTAL 6,574,837 7,006,144 -431,307 8,297,990

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 126,188,733 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 paid, 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 11/26/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -27,440 Fewer layoff in the service industry.
TX -8,543 Decrease in claims due to State offices closed.
FL -5,306 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, trade, retail, and service industries.
SC -4,670 Fewer layoff in the manufacturing industry.
NY -4,614 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, education services, health care and social assistance industries.
GA -4,013 Decrease in claims due to holiday.
IL -3,762 Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and service industries.
NC -3,485 Fewer layoffs in non classifiable establishments, service, textile mill, and health care industries.
CT -2,407 Resumption of normal claims levels following spik due to October snow storm.
AZ -1,981 No comment.
MO -1,845 Fewer layoffs in the construction, retail, health care, and service industries.
KY -1,732 No comment.
VA -1,672 Fewer layoff in the service industry.
LA -1,544 No comment.
NJ -1,511 Fewer layoff in the service, retail, transportation, health care and social assistance industries.
TN -1,302 No comment.
CO -1,268 No comment.
AK -1,218 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
WI +8,172 Layoffs due to the holiday.
MI +2,643 Layoffs in the construction industry.
IA +2,228 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
IN +1,645 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
OH +1,500 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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