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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 316,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 325,000. The 4-week moving average was 331,500, a decrease of 10,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 341,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent for the week ending Jan. 22, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.2 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 22 was 2,696,000, a decrease of 116,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,812,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,713,250, a decrease of 40,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,753,250.
 

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 364,943 in the week ending Jan. 29, an increase of 3,589 from the previous week. There were 406,298 initial claims in the comparable week in 2004.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending Jan. 22, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,270,807, a decrease of 41,294 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,773,316.

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Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Jan. 15.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,251 in the week ending Jan. 22, a decrease of 713 from the prior week. There were 1,820 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 294 from the preceding week.

There were 21,197 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 15, a decrease of 1,955 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,285, a decrease of 1,267 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 15 were in Alaska (6.7 percent), Michigan (4.5), Pennsylvania (4.4), Idaho (3.9), Puerto Rico (3.9), Wisconsin (3.9), Montana (3.7), Oregon (3.7), New Jersey (3.6), Illinois (3.5), Massachusetts (3.5), and Rhode Island (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 22 were in Vermont (+10), while the largest decreases were in California (-11,450), Tennessee (-6,325), Michigan (-6,319), Missouri
(-5,823), and North Carolina (-5,442).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 29 Jan. 22 Change Jan. 15 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 316,000 325,000 -9,000 318,000 366,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 364,943 361,354 +3,589 467,862 406,298
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 331,500 341,750 -10,250 340,750 355,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 22 Jan. 15 Change Jan. 8 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,696,000 2,812,000 -116,000 2,698,000 3,176,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,270,807 3,312,101 -41,294 3,342,292 3,773,316
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,713,250 2,753,250 -40,000 2,745,000 3,178,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.1% 2.2% -0.1 2.1% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 3.0%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 22
Jan. 15
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,251 1,964 -713 1,403
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,820 2,114 -294 1,823

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 15
Jan. 8
Change
Year

Federal Employees 21,197 23,152 -1,955 22,399
Newly Discharged Veterans 27,285 28,552 -1,267 27,723
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 5,000
Extended Benefits 1 1 0 16,042

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 126,641,867 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/22/2005 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -11,450 Fewer layoffs in the construction industry, and agriculture.
TN -6,325 Fewer layoffs in the rubber/plastics, wood products, furniture, and service industries.
MI -6,319 No comment.
MO -5,823 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
NC -5,442 Fewer layoffs in the rubber/plastics, lumber/wood, textile, furniture, wood products, electronic equipment, and electrical equipment industries.
GA -5,050 Fewer layoffs in the textile industry.
NY -4,980 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.
AL -4,806 Fewer layoffs in the textile, apparel, furniture, and wood products industries.
SC -4,085 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
CT -4,022 No comment.
TX -3,600 Fewer layoffs in the service industry, and manufacturing.
IL -3,559 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
OH -3,375 No comment.
PA -2,971 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, trade, and service industries.
KS -2,609 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, finance, insurance, and manufacturing industries.
OR -2,588 No comment.
IN -2,142 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
WA -2,072 No comment.
FL -1,988 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
IA -1,929 No comment.
NJ -1,716 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
WI -1,678 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
AR -1,598 No comment.
LA -1,112 No comment.
NV -1,058 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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