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U.S. Department of Labor
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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL 03-785-NAT
   
   
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(202) 693-4676 November 26, 2003
 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Nov. 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 351,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 362,000. The 4-week moving average was 358,750, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised average of 368,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent for the week ending Nov. 15, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate of 2.7 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 15 was 3,368,000, a decrease of 105,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,473,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,448,000, a decrease of 42,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,490,500.
 

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 394,933 in the week ending Nov. 22, an increase of 47,786 from the previous week. There were 436,549 initial claims in the comparable week in 2002.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending Nov. 15, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,159,635, an increase of 169,268 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,263,052.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington during the week ending Nov. 8.

53 states reported that 806,109 individuals filed continued claims under the Federal Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program during the week ending Nov. 8.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,977 in the week ending Nov. 15, a decrease of 287 from the prior week. There were 1,530 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 388 from the preceding week.

There were 18,638 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Nov. 8, a decrease of 1,882 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 23,039, a decrease of 230 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Nov. 8 were in Alaska (4.9 percent), Puerto Rico (4.2), Oregon (3.7), Washington (3.6), Pennsylvania (3.3), California (3.2), New Jersey (3.0), Massachusetts (2.8), Michigan (2.8), and Wisconsin (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 15 were in Michigan (+843), Kentucky (+571), Louisiana (+84), and Nevada (+34), while the largest decreases were in California (-9,777), North Carolina (-4,298), Wisconsin (-3,023), Washington (-2,535), and Illinois (-2,493).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Nov. 22  Nov. 15 Change Nov. 8  Year

Initial Claims (SA) 351,000 362,000 -11,000 369,000 388,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 394,933 347,147 +47,786 396,564 436,549
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 358,750 368,750 -10,000 376,000 392,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Nov. 15 Nov. 8  Change Nov. 1 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,368,000 3,473,000 -105,000 3,476,000 3,446,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,159,635 2,990,367 +169,268 3,020,557 3,263,052
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,448,000 3,490,500 -42,500 3,498,000 3,553,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.7% 2.7% 0.0 2.7% 2.7%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2 2.5% 2.4% +0.1 2.4% 2.6%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Nov. 15
Nov. 8
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,977 2,264 -287 1,580
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,530 1,918 -388 1,224

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Nov. 8
Nov. 1
Change
Year

Federal Employees 18,638 20,520 -1,882 18,208
Newly Discharged Veterans 23,039 23,269 -230 18,782
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 4,000
Extended Benefits 29,710 32,274 -2,564 11,717
Federal (TEUC) 806,109 820,173 -14,064 767,691

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 126,428,924 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 11/15/2003 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -9,777 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NC -4,298 Fewer layoffs in the textile, apparel, furniture, electronic and electrical equipment, trade, service, and rubber/plastics industries.
WI -3,023 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
WA -2,535 No comment.
IL -2,493 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service , and manufacturing industries.
MN -1,755 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
MO -1,546 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, transportation, communications, and public utilities industries.
TX -1,482 Fewer layoffs in the public administration, utilities, and manufacturing industries.
OR -1,398 No comment.
CO -1,230 No comment.
NY -1,221 No comment.
MA -1,184 No comment.
AL -1,178 Fewer layoffs in the textile and food industries.
PA -1,173 Fewer layoffs in the trade and textile industries.
FL -1,055 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MT -1,043 No comment.
IA -1,037 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
None    


State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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