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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 September 13 , 2012
   

Special Factor: Several states have reported increases in initial claims (approximately 9,000 in total) for the week ending September 8, 2012 , as a result of Tropical Storm Issac.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending September 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 382,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 367,000. The 4-week moving average was 375,000, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average of 371,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending September 1, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 1 was 3,283,000, a decrease of 49,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,332,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,316,500, a decrease of 7,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,324,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 297,402 in the week ending September 8, a decrease of 12,058 from the previous week. There were 328,868 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending September 1, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,912,245, a decrease of 173,235 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,293,105.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 25 was 5,391,576, a decrease of 78,465 from the previous week. There were 7,143,572 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011

 

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Extended Benefits were not available in any states during the week ending August 25.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,225 in the week ending September 1, a decrease of 3 from the prior week. There were 2,539 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 126 from the preceding week.

There were 17,428 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 25, an increase of 331 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,405, a decrease of 536 from the prior week.

States reported 2,223,071 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending August 25, a decrease of 40,543 from the prior week. There were 3,066,671 persons claiming EUC 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 August 25 were in Puerto Rico (4.0), New Jersey (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.8), Alaska (3.6), Connecticut (3.6), Virgin Islands (3.5), California (3.3), New York (3.1), Rhode Island (3.1), and Oregon (2.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 1 were in Pennsylvania (+1,639), Nevada (+1,351), Michigan (+915), Texas (+804), and Iowa (+691), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-1,923), North Carolina (-1,566), Georgia (-1,199), Puerto Rico (-1,101), and New Jersey
(-789).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance September 8 September 1 Change August 25 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 382,000 367,000 +15,000 377,000 421,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 297,402 309,460 -12,058 312,542 328,868
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 375,000 371,750 +3,250 371,000 413,250
WEEK ENDING Advance September 1 August 25 Change August 18 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,283,000 3,332,000 -49,000 3,331,000 3,729,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,912,245 3,085,480 -173,235 3,117,558 3,293,105
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,316,500 3,324,000 -7,500 3,325,000 3,728,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 3.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.3% 2.4% -0.1 2.4% 2.6%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
September 1
August 25
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,225 1,228 -3 1,899
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,539 2,665 -126 2,751

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
August 25
August 18
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,078,156 3,108,257 -30,101 3,424,616
Federal Employees (UCFE) 17,428 17,097 +331 25,122
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,405 38,941 -536 38,290
EUC 20083 2,223,071 2,263,614 -40,543 3,066,671
Extended Benefits4 2,597 3,296 -699 539,299
State Additional Benefits 5 5,453 5,896 -443 4,156
STC / Workshare 6 26,466 32,940 -6,474 45,418
TOTAL 5,391,576 5,470,041 -78,465 7,143,572

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 09/1/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL -1,923 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, wholesale trade, and retail trade industries.
NC -1,566 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, computer equipment, and social service indutries.
GA -1,199 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, and administrative and support service industries.
PR -1,101 Office closures related to tropical storm Isaac.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
PA +1,639 Layoffs in the manufacturing, food and beverage, and educational service industries.
NV +1,351 Seasonal layoffs in summer employment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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