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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Dec. 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 378,000, a decrease of 60,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 438,000. The 4-week moving average was 404,500, an increase of  2,500 from the previous week's revised average of 402,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent for the week ending Dec. 14, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.7 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec. 14  was 3,464,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,476,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,417,000, a decrease of 36,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,453,500.
 

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 469,365 in the week ending Dec. 21, a decrease of 16,757 from the previous week. There were 529,461 initial claims in the comparable week in 2001.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending Dec. 14, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,627,045, an increase of 88,661 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,733,813.  

Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington during the week ending Dec. 7 .

53 states reported that 777,230 individuals filed continued claims under the Federal Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program during the week ending Dec. 7.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,486 in the week ending Dec. 14, a decrease of 746 from the prior week. There were 1,410 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 167 from the preceding week.

There were 20,931 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 7, a decrease of 2,275 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 19,913, a decrease of 829 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Dec. 7 were in Puerto Rico (5.7 percent), Alaska (5.6), Oregon (4.4), Washington (4.3), Pennsylvania (4.1), Arkansas (3.7), California (3.7), Idaho (3.6), North Carolina (3.5), Massachusetts (3.3), and Wisconsin (3.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 14 were in North Carolina (+14,079), Michigan (+4,582), Texas (+3,173), New Jersey (+1,847), and Kentucky (+1,113), while the largest decreases were in Georgia (-9,495), Pennsylvania (-8,823), New York (-8,424), California (-6,826), and South Carolina (-5,928).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Dec. 21 Dec 14 Change Dec. 7  Year

Initial Claims (SA) 378,000 438,000 -60,000 444,000 413,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 469,365 486,122 -16,757 547,430 529,461
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 404,500 402,000 +2,500 388,000 415,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Dec. 14 Dec. 7  Change Nov. 30 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,464,000 3,476,000 -12,000 3,269,000 3,587,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,627,045 3,538,384 +88,661 3,625,247 3,733,813
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,417,000 3,453,500 -36,500 3,475,250 3,599,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.7% 2.7% 0.0 2.6% 2.8%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2 2.8% 2.8% 0.0 2.8% 2.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING

Dec. 14 

Dec. 7 

Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,486 2,232 -746 1,484
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,410 1,577 -167 1,151

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING

Dec. 7 

Nov. 30 

Change
Year

Federal Employees 20,931 23,206 -2,275 19,132
Newly Discharged Veterans 19,913 20,742 -829 16,990
Railroad Retirement Board 6,000 6,000 0 5,000
Extended Benefits 15,941 14,879 +1,062 1
Federal (TEUC) 777,230 787,977 -10,747 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 127,388,117 as denominator.
 

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 12/14/2002


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000
State Change State Supplied Comment
GA -9,495 Fewer layoffs in the textile and carpets/rugs industries.
PA -8,823 Fewer layoffs in the food, tobacco, furniture, electrical equipment, transportation, and service industries.
NY -8,424 No comment. 
CA -6,826 Fewer layoffs in the construction industry, and agriculture.
SC -5,928 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
WI -5,351 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and manufacturing. 
OH -4,136 No comment.
WA -4,125 No comment.
AL -3,689 Fewer layoffs in the textile, service, and manufacturing industries.
AR -3,682 No comment.
IL -3,610 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
TN -3,211 Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery, furniture, lumber/wood, primary metals, and manufacturing industries.
MS -2,855 Fewer layoffs in the lumber/wood and rubber/plastics industries.
MN -2,829 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
VA -2,241 Fewer layoffs in the food and furniture industries.
MO -2,072 Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.
MA -1,396 No comment.
IA -1,354 No comment.
FL -1,041 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000
KY +1,113 No comment.
NJ +1,847 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
TX +3,173 Layoffs in the information, service, and manufacturing industries.
MI +4,582 No comment.
NC +14,079 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and furniture industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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