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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 524,000, an increase of 54,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 470,000. The 4-week moving average was 518,500, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average of 526,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Jan. 3, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 3 was 4,497,000, a decrease of 115,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,612,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,497,750, an increase of 27,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,470,250.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 952,151 in the week ending Jan. 10, an increase of 220,205 from the previous week. There were 547,506 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent during the week ending Jan. 3, an increase of 0.4 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,832,746, an increase of 515,294 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,508,053.

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Extended benefits were available in North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island during the week ending Dec. 27.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,435 in the week ending Jan. 3, an increase of 15 from the prior week. There were 1,544 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 428 from the preceding week.

There were 19,697 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 27, an increase of 553 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 25,890, an increase of 1,802 from the prior week.

States reported 1,653,523 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Dec. 27, a decrease of 268,974 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Dec. 27 were in Oregon (7.4 percent), Michigan (6.6), Idaho (6.3), Wisconsin (6.0), South Carolina (5.4), Arkansas (5.3), Nevada (5.2), Pennsylvania (5.2), Indiana (5.1), and Montana (5.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 3 were in New York (+24,465), North Carolina (+19,749), Georgia (+18,308), South Carolina (+14,905), and Virginia (+7,362), while the largest decreases were in California (-14,796), Kansas (-13,313), Michigan (-11,956), Illinois (-9,727), and Ohio (-7,499).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 10 Jan. 3 Change Dec. 27 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 524,000 470,000 +54,000 491,000 315,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 952,151 731,946 +220,205 717,000 547,506
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 518,500 526,500 -8,000 552,750 334,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 3 Dec. 27 Change Dec. 20 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,497,000 4,612,000 -115,000 4,510,000 2,734,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 5,832,746 5,317,452 +515,294 4,572,637 3,508,053
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,497,750 4,470,250 +27,500 4,425,000 2,715,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.4% 3.4% 0.0 3.4% 2.1%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.4% 4.0% +0.4 3.4% 2.6%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 3
Dec. 27
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,435 1,420 +15 1,592
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,544 1,116 +428 1,350

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Dec. 27
Dec. 20
Change
Year

Federal Employees 19,697 19,144 +553 17,925
Newly Discharged Veterans 25,890 24,088 +1,802 23,671
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 4,000
Extended Benefits 1,640 1,168 +472 0
EUC 2008 1,653,523 1,922,497 -268,974 0

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 133,886,830 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/03/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -14,796 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
KS -13,313 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MI -11,956 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
IL -9,727 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
OH -7,499 No comment.
WA -7,448 No comment.
WI -6,772 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
IN -5,402 Fewer layoffs in the automobile, trade, and manufacturing industries.
MA -5,247 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
KY -4,169 Fewer layoffs in the automobile, mining, and manufacturing industries.
OR -2,426 No comment.
MD -2,105 No comment.
ID -1,823 No comment.
IA -1,752 No comment.
PA -1,465 Fewer layoffs in the food, fabricated metals, service, and transportation industries.
NV -1,222 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
AZ +1,126 No comment.
CT +1,488 Layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.
NJ +1,725 Layoffs in the trade, service, transportation, and public administration industries.
RI +1,791 Layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.
AL +4,274 Layoffs in the construction, apparel, and wood products industries.
TN +6,372 Layoffs in the construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
TX +7,185 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
VA +7,362 No comment.
SC +14,905 Layoffs in the industrial machinery and manufacturing industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
GA +18,308 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC +19,749 Layoffs in the construction, service, textile, furniture, wood products, rubber/plastics, electronic equipment, and electrical equipment industries.
NY +24,465 Layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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