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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 July 19, 2012
   

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 386,000, an increase of 34,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 352,000. The 4-week moving average was 375,500, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 377,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending July 7, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 7 was 3,314,000, an increase of 1,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,313,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,311,750, an increase of 1,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,310,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 452,960 in the week ending July 14, an increase of 10,768 from the previous week. There were 470,086 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending July 7, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,356,765, an increase of 246,164 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,783,316.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 30 was 5,752,116 a decrease of 121,985 from the previous week.

 

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Extended benefits were available in the Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, during the week ending June 30.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,710 in the week ending July 7, an increase of 263 from the prior week. There were 2,279 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 344 from the preceding week.

There were 16,437 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 30, an increase of 427 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,478, a decrease of 898 from the prior week.

States reported 2,524,363 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 30, a decrease of 81,924 from the prior week. There were 3,154,001 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending June 30 were in Puerto Rico (4.2), Alaska (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.7), Connecticut (3.5), New Jersey (3.5), Rhode Island (3.3), California (3.1), Massachusetts (3.0), Nevada (3.0), and New York (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 7 were in New York (+22,336), Michigan (+7,602), Ohio (+5,976), Pennsylvania (+4,775), and Wisconsin (+4,615), while the largest decreases were in California (-9,016), New Jersey (-5,282), Connecticut (-917), Massachusetts (-716), and Oklahoma (-671).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance July 14 July 7 Change June 30 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 386,000 352,000 +34,000 376,000 418,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 452,960 442,192 +10,768 369,826 470,086
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 375,500 377,000 -1,500 386,250 418,750
WEEK ENDING Advance July 7 June 30 Change June 23 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,314,000 3,313,000 +1,000 3,318,000 3,727,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,356,765 3,110,601 +246,164 3,145,031 3,783,316
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,311,750 3,310,750 +1,000 3,307,250 3,726,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 3.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.6% 2.4% +0.2 2.5% 3.0%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
July 7
June 30
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,710 1,447 +263 2,563
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,279 2,623 -344 2,445

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
June 30
June 23
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,103,975 3,138,385 -34,410 3,524,850
Federal Employees (UCFE) 16,437 16,010 +427 24,227
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 37,478 38,376 -898 36,272
EUC 20083 2,524,363 2,606,287 -81,924 3,154,001
Extended Benefits4 41,108 43,972 -2,864 541,271
State Additional Benefits 5 4,742 4,943 -201 5,012
STC / Workshare 6 24,013 26,128 -2,115 37,375
TOTAL 5,752,116 5,874,101 -121,985 7,323,008

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 127,495,952 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.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: http://ows.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: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/7/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -9,016 Shortened work week due to July 4th holiday. All sectors saw a decrease, with the largest decrease in the service industries.
NJ -5,282 Fewer layoffs in the educational service, transportation/warehousing and public administration industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY +22,336 Layoffs in the transportation, educational service, and healthcare and social assistance industries.
MI +7,602 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
OH +5,976 No comment.
PA +4,775

Layoffs in the professional, scientific, and technology service, fabricated metals, and construction.

WI +5,615 No comment.
KY +4,232 No comment.
FL +4,087 Layoffs in the construction, administrative support service, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and retail trade industries.
IN +3,576 Layoffs in manufacturing.
IA +3,197 No comment.
IL +2,586 Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing and administrative support service industries.
AL +2,133 Layoffs in all sectors, largest increases in administrative support service, machinery manufacturing, and transportation equipment manufacturing.
MO +2,080 Layoffs in the manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and administrative support service industries.
AR +1,787 No comment.
NC +1,722 Layoffs in the business services, textile mill products, nonclassifiable establishments, food and kindred products, apparel, and fabricated metal products industries.
WA +1,678 Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, utilities, manufacturing, retail trade, and educational service industries.
KS +1,672 No comment.
TN +1,645 Layoffs in the administrative and support service, professional, scientific, and technology services, educational service, and manufacturing industries.
AZ +1,631 No comment.
TX +1,324 Layoffs in the manufacturing, finance, and transportation industries.
NV +1,158 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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