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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 522,000, a decrease of 47,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 569,000. The 4-week moving average was 584,500, a decrease of 22,500 from the previous week's revised average of 607,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the week ending July 4, a decrease of 0.5 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 5.2 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 4 was 6,273,000, a decrease of 642,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,915,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,666,750, a decrease of 110,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,777,000.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.449 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 667,534 in the week ending July 11, an increase of 86,389 from the previous week. There were 483,981 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6 percent during the week ending July 4, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,135,066, an increase of 63,714 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.3 percent and the volume was 3,118,724.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending June 27.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,642 in the week ending July 4, an increase of 14 from the prior week. There were 1,870 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 192 from the preceding week.

There were 17,471 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 27, an increase of 17 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,772, an increase of 242 from the prior week.

States reported 2,525,342 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 27, an increase of 6,241 from the prior week. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending June 27 were in Michigan (7.2 percent), Puerto Rico (6.9), Oregon (6.5), Pennsylvania (6.3), Nevada (6.1), Wisconsin (5.8), California (5.4), South Carolina (5.4), Connecticut (5.2), Illinois (5.2), New Jersey (5.2), and North Carolina (5.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 4 were in Michigan (+12,144), New York (+8,913), Wisconsin (+5,838), Indiana (+5,430), and Ohio (+4,240), while the largest decreases were in New Jersey (-5,030), California (-4,293), North Carolina (-3,983), Kansas (-3,544), and Oregon
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 11 July 4 Change June 27 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 522,000 569,000 -47,000 617,000 387,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 667,534 581,145 +86,389 559,857 483,981
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 584,500 607,000 -22,500 616,000 387,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 4 June 27 Change June 20 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 6,273,000 6,915,000 -642,000 6,724,000 3,169,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 6,135,066 6,071,352 +63,714 6,078,496 3,118,724
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 6,666,750 6,777,000 -110,250 6,757,000 3,172,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.7% 5.2% -0.5 5.0% 2.4%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.6% 4.5% +0.1 4.5% 2.3%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 4
June 27
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,642 1,628 +14 1,402
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,870 2,062 -192 1,378

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
June 27
June 20
Change
Year

Federal Employees 17,471 17,454 +17 11,468
Newly Discharged Veterans 28,772 28,530 +242 18,903
Railroad Retirement Board 10,000 10,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 285,874 346,559 -60,685 1,726
EUC 20083 2,525,342 2,519,101 +6,241 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 133,078,480 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/04/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NJ -5,030 Decrease due to a shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, trade, and service industries.
CA -4,293 Decrease due to a shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the service industry.
NC -3,983 No comment.
KS -3,544 No comment.
OR -1,454 No comment.
CT -1,362 No comment.
WA -1,226 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MN +1,176 No comment.
KY +1,203 No comment.
FL +1,679 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
IA +3,351 Increase due to temporary holiday layoffs.
OH +4,240 Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
IN +5,430 Layoffs in the automobile, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
WI +5,838 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NY +8,913 Layoffs in the transportation and service industries.
MI +12,144 Most industries posted increases.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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