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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 310,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 305,000. The 4-week moving average was 318,250, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average of 318,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.0 percent for the week ending July 16, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 16 was 2,603,000, an increase of 32,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,571,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,590,750, an increase of 1,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,589,250.  

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 294,718 in the week ending July 23, a decrease of 76,535 from the previous week. There were 313,225 initial claims in the comparable week in 2004.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent during the week ending July 16, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,634,436, an increase of 9,894 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.3 percent and the volume was 2,938,264.

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Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending July 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,760 in the week ending July 16, a decrease of 330 from the prior week. There were 2,145 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 107 from the preceding week.

There were 15,542 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 9, an increase of 1,576 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,613, an increase of 1,298 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 9 were in Puerto Rico (4.5 percent), Alaska (3.4), Michigan (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Pennsylvania (3.1), Oregon (2.9), Rhode Island (2.9), Wisconsin (2.7), Arkansas (2.6), Connecticut (2.6), Massachusetts (2.6), and South Carolina (2.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 16 were in Tennessee (+5,668), Georgia (+5,330), North Carolina (+4,836), Alabama (+4,154), and California (+2,706), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-20,903), New York (-8,069), Indiana (-7,927), Texas (-6,367), and Pennsylvania (-4,651).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 23 July 16 Change July 9 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 310,000 305,000 +5,000 337,000 340,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 294,718 371,253 -76,535 427,310 313,225
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 318,250 318,500 -250 321,250 337,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 16 July 9 Change July 2 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,603,000 2,571,000 +32,000 2,617,000 2,929,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,634,436 2,624,542 +9,894 2,410,710 2,938,264
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,590,750 2,589,250 +1,500 2,595,500 2,893,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.0% 2.0% 0.0 2.1% 2.3%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2 2.1% 2.1% 0.0 1.9% 2.3%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 16
July 9
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,760 2,090 -330 1,988
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,145 2,038 +107 2,320

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 9
July 2
Change
Year

Federal Employees 15,542 13,966 +1,576 16,936
Newly Discharged Veterans 28,613 27,315 +1,298 25,743
Railroad Retirement Board 1,000 1,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 0 0 0 2

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 127,622,590 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/16/2005 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI -20,903 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and transportation equipment industries.
NY -8,069 Fewer layoffs in the transportation and service industries.
IN -7,927 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TX -6,367 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
PA -4,651 Fewer layoffs in the primary metals, fabricated metals, transportation equipment, electrical equipment, and service industries.
WI -3,998 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
OH -3,974 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
MA -3,504 No comment.
IA -2,634 No comment.
NJ -1,841 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, trade, and service industries.
KS -1,752 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
VA -1,717 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
CT -1,581 No comment.
MN -1,478 Fewer layoffs in the construction, public administration, and manufacturing industries.
WA -1,349 No comment.
OR -1,222 No comment.
AR -1,190 No comment.
IL -1,075 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NE -1,014 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
SC +1,483 Layoffs in the textile industry.
MO +1,726 Layoffs in the transportation industry.
CA +2,706 Layoffs in the construction and trade industries.
AL +4,154 Layoffs in the construction, apparel, and wood products industries.
NC +4,836 Layoffs in the food, service, textile, apparel, lumber/wood, and rubber/plastics industries.
GA +5,330 Layoffs in the textile and industrial machinery industries.
TN +5,668 Layoffs in the transportation equipment, wood products, textile, apparel, and furniture industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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