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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 October 18, 2012
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 388,000, an increase of 46,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 342,000. The 4-week moving average was 365,500, an increase of 750 from the previous week's revised average of 364,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending October 6, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 6 was 3,252,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,281,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,275,500, a decrease of 5,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,281,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 359,048 in the week ending October 13, an increase of 29,129 from the previous week. There were 357,562 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent during the week ending October 6, 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 2,744,348, a decrease of 40,882 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,133,644.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 29 was 5,001,985, a decrease of 42,664 from the previous week. There were 6,694,493 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

 

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Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending September 29.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,942 in the week ending October 6, an increase of 397 from the prior week. There were 3,462 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 949 from the preceding week.

There were 16,879 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending September 29, a decrease of 404 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,462, a decrease of 49 from the prior week.

States reported 2,098,793 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending September 29, a decrease of 7,279 from the prior week. There were 2,967,054 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 September 29 were in Puerto Rico (3.9), Alaska (3.8), California (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Virgin Islands (3.1), Pennsylvania (3.0), Connecticut (2.9), Nevada (2.7), Oregon (2.7), Arkansas (2.6), and New York (2.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 6 were in New York (+2,700), Oregon (+2,215), Illinois (+1,800), Texas (+1,724), and Georgia (+1,651), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,979), Alabama (-322), West Virginia (-50), and Rhode Island (-42).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Oct. 13 Oct. 6 Change Sept. 29 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 388,000 342,000 +46,000 369,000 402,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 359,048 329,919 +29,129 301,054 357,562
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 365,500 364,750 +750 375,500 399,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Oct. 6 Sept. 29 Change Sept. 22 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,252,000 3,281,000 -29,000 3,288,000 3,704,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,744,348 2,785,230 -40,882 2,821,233 3,133,644
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,275,500 3,281,250 -5,750 3,287,000 3,701,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.5% 2.6% -0.1 2.6% 2.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.1% 2.2% -0.1 2.2% 2.5%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Oct. 6
Sept. 29
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,942 1,545 +397 4,378
Newly Discharged Veterans 3,462 2,513 +949 3,412

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Sept. 29
Sept. 22
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,777,728 2,813,897 -36,169 3,103,709
Federal Employees (UCFE) 16,879 17,283 -404 24,886
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,462 38,511 -49 38,961
EUC 20083 2,098,793 2,106,072 -7,279 2,967,054
Extended Benefits4 35,245 35,186 +59 516,112
State Additional Benefits 5 6,313 6,295 +18 4,628
STC / Workshare 6 28,565 27,405 +1,160 39,143
TOTAL 5,001,985 5,044,649 -42,664 6,694,493

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 128,066,082 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 10/06/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -4,979 Fewer layoffs in the service and retail industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State Change State Supplied Comment
NY +2,700 Layoffs in the healthcare and social assistance, manufacturing, and construction industries.
OR +2,215

Increase due to quarter change.

IL +1,800 Layoffs in the construction, administrative support and waste management, and manufacturing industries.
TX +1,724 Layoffs in the manufacturing, support service, healthcare and social assistance, transportation, and retail industries.
GA +1,651 Layoffs in the manufacturing, and administrative and support service industries.
MI +1,619 No comment.
KY +1,426 No comment.
PA +1,392 Layoffs in the construction, entertainment, lodging and food service, professional, scientific and technology, and healthcare and social assistance industries.
SC +1,313 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AR +1,225 No comment.
WI +1,110 No comment.
CT +1,078 No comment.
NC +1,065 Layoffs in the machinery and computer equipment, nonclassifiable establishments, business, rubber and plastic products, and transportation industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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