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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATAIn the week ending Jan. 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 356,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 339,000. The 4-week moving average was 345,250, unchanged from the previous week's revised average of 345,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending Jan. 24, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.5 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during
the week ending Jan. 24 was 3,123,000, unchanged from the preceding week's revised
level of 3,123,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,123,000, a decrease of 38,750
from the preceding week's revised average of 3,161,750.
UNADJUSTED DATAThe advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 404,903 in the week ending Jan. 31, an increase of 21,980 from the previous week. There were 449,286 initial claims in the comparable week in 2003.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the
week ending Jan. 24, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number
for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,794,938, a decrease
of 8,673 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.3 percent and
the volume was 4,149,699.
Extended benefits were available in Alaska and Michigan during the week ending Jan. 17.
53 states reported that 619,526 individuals filed continued claims under the Federal Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program during the week ending Jan. 17.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,402 in the week ending Jan. 24, a decrease of 659 from the prior week. There were 1,818 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 442 from the preceding week.
There were 22,316 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 17, a decrease of 3,102 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,716, a decrease of 625 from the prior week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 17 were in Alaska (7.0 percent), Michigan (4.9), Oregon (4.7), Pennsylvania (4.7), Idaho (4.6), Washington (4.3), Wisconsin (4.3), Montana (4.2), Massachusetts (4.1), New Jersey (4.0), and Puerto Rico (4.0).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 24 were in Alaska (+1,469), and Wisconsin (+1,197), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-9,261), Tennessee (-8,744), California (-8,463), Georgia (-6,836), and Ohio (-6,658).
|WEEK ENDING||Jan. 31||Jan. 24||Change||Jan. 17||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||356,000||339,000||+17,000||343,000||398,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||404,903||382,923||+21,980||490,766||449,286|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||345,250||345,250||0||345,250||386,500|
|WEEK ENDING||Jan. 24||Jan. 17||Change||Jan. 10||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||3,123,000||3,123,000||0||3,119,000||3,435,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||3,794,938||3,803,611||-8,673||3,851,459||4,149,699|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||3,123,000||3,161,750||-38,750||3,204,500||3,375,250|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||2.5%||2.5%||0.0||2.5%||2.7%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2||3.0%||3.0%||0.0||3.1%||3.3%|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,818||2,260||-442||1,285|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||27,716||28,341||-625||20,573|
|Railroad Retirement Board||5,000||5,000||0||8,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/24/2004
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|NC||-9,261||Fewer layoffs in the construction, textile, furniture, electronic equipment, and primary metals industries.|
|TN||-8,744||Fewer layoffs in the trade, fabricated metals, lumber/wood, and furniture industries.|
|CA||-8,463||Fewer layoffs in the construction industry, and agriculture.|
|GA||-6,836||Fewer layoffs in the textile and mobile homes industries.|
|MI||-5,336||Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|PA||-4,398||Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and food industries.|
|MO||-3,926||Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.|
|FL||-3,723||Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.|
|AL||-3,578||Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and apparel industries.|
|TX||-3,388||Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.|
|NJ||-3,042||Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|SC||-2,799||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|IL||-2,533||Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.|
|VA||-1,653||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|IN||-1,420||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|WI||+1,197||Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|