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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Aug. 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 500,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 488,000. The 4-week moving average was 482,500, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average of 474,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Aug. 7, 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. 7 was 4,478,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,491,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,526,750, a decrease of 1,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,528,250.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.010 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 401,856 in the week ending Aug. 14, a decrease of 22,650 from the previous week. There were 457,985 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending Aug. 7, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,254,571, a decrease of 78,949 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.4 percent and the volume was 5,808,572.

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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 Hampshire, 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 July 31.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 4,101 in the week ending Aug. 7, an increase of 854 from the prior week. There were 2,926 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 258 from the preceding week.

There were 24,121 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 31, an increase of 1,007 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,626, a decrease of 785 from the prior week.

States reported 4,753,456 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 31, an increase of 260,105 from the prior week. There were 2,961,457 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 July 31 were in Puerto Rico (6.7 percent), Pennsylvania (4.8), New Jersey (4.6), Oregon (4.6), California (4.5), Alaska (4.3), Connecticut (4.3), Nevada (4.3), Rhode Island (4.1), and Wisconsin (4.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Aug. 7 were in California (+4,393), Indiana (+1,999), North Carolina (+1,895), Pennsylvania (+1,626), and Georgia (+1,458), while the largest decreases were in Wisconsin (-1,873), Puerto Rico (-1,014), New Jersey (-688), Utah (-503), and South Carolina (-291).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Aug. 14 Aug. 7 Change July 31 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 500,000 488,000 +12,000 482,000 575,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 401,856 424,506 -22,650 402,135 457,985
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 482,500 474,500 +8,000 459,250 567,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Aug. 7 July 31 Change July 24 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,478,000 4,491,000 -13,000 4,570,000 6,127,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,254,571 4,333,520 -78,949 4,450,714 5,808,572
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,526,750 4,528,250 -1,500 4,583,000 6,144,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.5% 3.5% 0.0 3.6% 4.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.4% 3.4% 0.0 3.5% 4.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Aug. 7
July 31
Change
Year

Federal Employees 4,101 3,247 +854 1,639
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,926 2,668 +258 2,252

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 31
July 24
Change
Year

Federal Employees 24,121 23,114 +1,007 20,577
Newly Discharged Veterans 42,626 43,411 -785 30,325
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 10,000
Extended Benefits 837,357 788,128 +49,229 727,404
EUC 20083 4,753,456 4,493,351 +260,105 2,961,457

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 08/07/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
WI -1,873 No comment.
PR -1,014 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
TX +1,071 Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
IL +1,150 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
FL +1,199 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
OR +1,268 No comment.
MI +1,347 No comment.
GA +1,458 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
PA +1,626 Layoffs in the transportation, industrial machinery, construction, and service industries.
NC +1,895 Layoffs in the construction, service, industrial machinery, computer equipment, electrical equipment, electronic equipment, and textile industries.
IN +1,999 Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
CA +4,393 Layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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