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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 366,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 371,000. The 4-week moving average was 350,500, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 352,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending January 26, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 26 was 3,224,000, an increase of 8,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,216,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,211,000, an increase of 13,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,197,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 386,176 in the week ending February 2, an increase of 16,696 from the previous week. There were 401,365 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending January 26, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,720,496, an increase of 41,570 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,678,926. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,097,013.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 19 was 5,590,480, a decrease of 326,513 from the previous week. There were 7,663,608 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

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Extended Benfits were not available in any state during the week ending January 19.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,370 in the week ending January 26, a decrease of 508 from the prior week. There were 2,256 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 484 from the preceding week.

There were 22,389 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 19, a decrease of 511 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,808, a decrease of 286 from the prior week.

States reported 1,826,098 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 19, a decrease of 288,471 from the prior week. There were 2,985,907 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 19 were in Alaska (6.6), Montana (4.4), Puerto Rico (4.4), Pennsylvania (4.2), New Jersey (4.1), Wisconsin (4.1), Connecticut (4.0), Idaho (4.0), Oregon (3.8), and Rhode Island (3.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 19 were in North Carolina (+2,030), Oregon (+491), Virginia (+461), and Vermont (+62), while the largest decreases were in California (-20,414), Texas
(-5,082), Illinois (-4,865), Florida (-3,570), and Michigan (-2,795).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Feb. 2 Jan. 26 Change Jan. 19 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 366,000 371,000 -5,000 330,000 371,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 386,176 369,480 +16,696 436,955 401,365
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 350,500 352,750 -2,250 351,750 372,000
WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 26 Jan. 19 Change Jan. 12 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,224,000 3,216,000 +8,000 3,175,000 3,517,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,720,496 3,678,926 +41,570 3,711,100 4,097,013
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,211,000 3,197,250 +13,750 3,202,250 3,512,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.5% 2.5% 0.0 2.5% 2.8%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.9% 2.9% 0.0 2.9% 3.2%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 26
Jan. 19
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,370 1,878 -508 1,696
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,256 2,740 -484 2,843

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 19
Jan. 12
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,672,493 3,703,667 -31,174 4,049,316
Federal Employees (UCFE) 22,389 22,900 -511 29,814
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 39,808 40,094 -286 42,964
EUC 20083 1,826,098 2,114,569 -288,471 2,985,907
Extended Benefits4 860 657 +203 514,691
State Additional Benefits 5 5,378 5,660 -282 4,235
STC / Workshare 6 23,454 29,446 -5,992 36,681
TOTAL 5,590,480 5,916,993 -326,513 7,663,608

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 128,613,913 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 1/26/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -20,414 Fewer layoffs in all sectors, with the largest decrease in the service industries.
TX -5,082 No comment.
IL -4,865 Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative support, and trade industries.
FL -3,570 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, trade, retail, and service industries.
MI -2,795 Fewer layoffs in the administrative support industries.
OH -2,588 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ -2,475 Fewer layoffs in the healthcare and social assistance, transportation and warehousing, trade, and manufacturing industries.
CT -2,218 No comment.
SC -2,129 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
IN -1,730 No comment.
GA -1,616 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support services, healthcare and social assistance, and trade industries.
AZ -1,565 No comment.
CO -1,388 No comment.
PA -1,374 Fewer layoffs in the entertainment, lodging and food service, transportation and warehousing, professional, scientific and technology, and healthcare and social service industries.
TN -1,330 No comment.
MD -1,063 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NC +2,030 Layoffs in the construction, petroleum, stone, clay, glass and concrete product industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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