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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL13-1703-NAT
   
   
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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 August 22, 2013
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 336,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 323,000. The 4-week moving average was 330,500, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 332,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending August 10, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 10 was 2,999,000, an increase of 29,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,970,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,985,750, a decrease of 1,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,986,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 279,026 in the week ending August 17, a decrease of 3,997 from the previous week. There were 311,857 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending August 10, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,876,094, an increase of 16,087 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,860,007. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,167,174.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 3 was 4,438,656, a decrease of 148,207 from the previous week. There were 5,594,498 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

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No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program the week ending August 3.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,437 in the week ending August 10, a decrease of 276 from the prior week. There were 2,361 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 126 from the preceding week.

There were 21,208 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 3, a decrease of 622 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 33,235, a decrease of 1,235 from the prior week.

States reported 1,501,068 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending August 3, a decrease of 51,842 from the prior week. There were 2,326,635 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending August 10 were in Puerto Rico (5.0), New Jersey (3.6), Alaska (3.5), Connecticut (3.4), New Mexico (3.2), Pennsylvania (3.2), California (3.0), Nevada (2.8), Rhode Island (2.8), and Virgin Islands (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 10 were in South Carolina (+907), New York (+762), Oregon (+685), Mississippi (+419), and Indiana (+400), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,105), Ohio (-1,554), Texas (-894), Florida (-881), and Georgia (-712).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Aug. 17 Aug. 10 Change Aug. 3 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 336,000 323,000 +13,000 335,000 374,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 279,026 283,023 -3,997 288,644 311,857
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 330,500 332,750 -2,250 336,000 368,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Aug. 10 Aug. 3 Change July 27 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,999,000 2,970,000 +29,000 3,023,000 3,306,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,876,094 2,860,007 +16,087 2,959,648 3,167,174
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,985,750 2,986,750 -1,000 3,025,000 3,306,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.3% 0.0 2.3% 2.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.2% 2.2% 0.0 2.3% 2.5%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Aug. 10
Aug. 3
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,437 1,713 -276 1,146
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,361 2,235 +126 2,589

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Aug. 3
July 27
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,852,185 2,954,697 -102,512 3,172,438
Federal Employees (UCFE) 21,208 21,830 -622 17,456
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 33,235 34,470 -1,235 38,487
EUC 20083 1,501,068 1,552,910 -51,842 2,326,635
Extended Benefits4 327 314 +13 4,236
State Additional Benefits 5 4,077 4,148 -71 5,741
STC / Workshare 6 26,556 18,494 +8,062 29,505
TOTAL 4,438,656 4,586,863 -148,207 5,594,498

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 129,827,178 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 AUGUST 10, 2013



STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -4,105 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
OH -1,554 Fewer layoffs in the manufactutring industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None  

 


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