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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 325,000, an increase of 36,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 289,000. The 4-week moving average was 309,250, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 307,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent for the week ending Jan. 13, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 1.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 13 was 2,484,000, a decrease of 39,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,523,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,462,000, a decrease of 9,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,471,500.  

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 365,045 in the week ending Jan. 20, a decrease of 144,411 from the previous week. There were 317,926 initial claims in the comparable week in 2006.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending Jan. 13, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,928,707, a decrease of 239,746 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,044,307.

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Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Jan. 6.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,653 in the week ending Jan. 13, an increase of 764 from the prior week. There were 2,035 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 260 from the preceding week.

There were 21,126 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 6, an increase of 2,775 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 26,641, an increase of 1,251 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 6 were in Alaska (5.1 percent), Michigan (5.0), Puerto Rico (4.4), Pennsylvania (3.8), Wisconsin (3.8), Rhode Island (3.4), New Jersey (3.3), Oregon (3.3), Arkansas (3.2), and Massachusetts (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 13 were in California (+10,115), Michigan (+8,870), Texas (+6,418), Puerto Rico (+5,250), and Minnesota (+4,752), while the largest decreases were in New York (-26,764), North Carolina (-10,072), Georgia (-8,987), South Carolina
(-4,697), and Wisconsin (-3,625).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

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

Initial Claims (SA) 325,000 289,000 +36,000 298,000 281,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 365,045 509,456 -144,411 505,291 317,926
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 309,250 307,750 +1,500 314,500 288,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 13 Jan. 6 Change Dec. 30 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,484,000 2,523,000 -39,000 2,410,000 2,565,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,928,707 3,168,453 -239,746 3,007,407 3,044,307
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,462,000 2,471,500 -9,500 2,469,250 2,604,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 1.9% 1.9% 0.0 1.8% 2.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.2% 2.4% -0.2 2.3% 2.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 13
Jan. 6
Change
Year

Federal Employees 2,653 1,889 +764 1,971
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,035 1,775 +260 2,845

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 6
Dec. 30
Change
Year

Federal Employees 21,126 18,351 +2,775 22,862
Newly Discharged Veterans 26,641 25,390 +1,251 29,719
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 0 0 0 4,380

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 131,188,612 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/13/2007 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -26,764 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
NC -10,072 Fewer layoffs in the construction, textile, and apparel industries.
GA -8,987 Fewer layoffs in the textile industry.
SC -4,697 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
WI -3,625 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MA -1,775 No comment.
AR -1,742 No comment.
VA -1,438 No comment.
AL -1,359 Fewer layoffs in the apparel industry.
WA -1,340 No comment.
NJ -1,282 Fewer layoffs in the service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
CT -1,155 No comment.
OR -1,155 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
ID +1,095 No comment.
NV +1,151 No comment.
DE +1,349 No comment.
WV +1,601 No comment.
MO +1,709 Layoffs in the transportation industry.
IL +1,780 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
AK +1,837 No comment.
LA +3,111 No comment.
FL +3,408 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
KY +3,482 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
TN +3,777 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA +4,442 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
MN +4,752 Layoffs in the construction industry.
PR +5,250 No comment.
TX +6,418 No comment.
MI +8,870 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
CA +10,115 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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