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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL 03-509
   
   
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(202) 693-4676 September 25, 2003
 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Sept. 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 381,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 400,000. The 4-week moving average was 407,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 411,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending Sept. 13, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 13 was 3,631,000, a decrease of 28,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,659,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,636,750, a decrease of 750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,637,500.
 

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 296,925 in the week ending Sept. 20, a decrease of 30,290 from the previous week. There were 317,264 initial claims in the comparable week in 2002.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending Sept. 13, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,060,829, a decrease of 122,365 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,013,696.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington during the week ending Sept. 6.

53 states reported that 839,247 individuals filed continued claims under the Federal Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program during the week ending Sept. 6.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,412 in the week ending Sept. 13, an increase of 1,129 from the prior week. There were 1,842 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 133 from the preceding week.

There were 18,270 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Sept. 6, an increase of 1,803 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 19,468, an increase of 1,380 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Sept. 6 were in Puerto Rico (5.9 percent), Oregon (3.8), Alaska (3.6), New Jersey (3.5), Pennsylvania (3.5), California (3.4), Washington (3.3), Massachusetts (3.0), Arkansas (2.9), and Connecticut (2.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 13 were in California (+5,215), New York (+2,039), Florida (+1,366), North Carolina (+1,343), and Virginia (+1,276), while the largest decreases were in Georgia (-3,175), Pennsylvania (-2,854), Texas (-2,334), Oregon (-817), and Ohio (-762).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Sept. 20  Sept. 13 Change Sept. 6  Year

Initial Claims (SA) 381,000 400,000 -19,000 428,000 408,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 296,925 327,215 -30,290 322,152 317,264
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 407,000 411,000 -4,000 408,750 412,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Sept. 13 Sept. 6  Change Aug. 30 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,631,000 3,659,000 -28,000 3,650,000 3,596,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,060,829 3,183,194 -122,365 3,120,553 3,013,696
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,636,750 3,637,500 -750 3,630,250 3,576,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.9% 2.9% 0.0 2.9% 2.8%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2 2.4% 2.5% -0.1 2.5% 2.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Sept. 13
Sept. 6
Change
Year

Federal Employees 2,412 1,283 +1,129 1,612
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,842 1,709 +133 1,548

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Sept. 6
Aug. 30
Change
Year

Federal Employees 18,270 16,467 +1,803 17,893
Newly Discharged Veterans 19,468 18,088 +1,380 16,132
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 25,179 25,211 -32 3,198
Federal (TEUC) 3 839,247 805,795 +33,452 1,076,086

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 126,541,290 as denominator.
3 - Prior year level based on the reports of 53 states.


UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 09/13/2003 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
GA -3,175 Fewer layoffs in the textile, primary metals, and transportation industries.
PA -2,854 Fewer layoffs in the primary metals, transportation equipment, industrial machinery, and manufacturing industries.
TX -2,334 Fewer layoffs in the service, public administration, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
TN +1,217 Layoffs in the textile, industrial machinery, trade, service, and transportation industries.
VA +1,276 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC +1,343 Layoffs in the furniture industry.
FL +1,366 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.
NY +2,039 No comment.
CA +5,215 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.


State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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