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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 448,000, an increase of 44,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 404,000. The 4-week moving average was 393,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's revised average of 382,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending July 19, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 19 was 3,282,000, an increase of 185,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,097,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,174,500, an increase of 42,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,131,750.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 2.957 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 375,627 in the week ending July 26, a decrease of 36,898 from the previous week. There were 257,426 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending July 19, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,213,405, an increase of 48,639 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.9 percent and the volume was 2,463,232.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending July 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,434 in the week ending July 19, a decrease of 347 from the prior week. There were 1,706 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 149 from the preceding week.

There were 12,790 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 12, an increase of 162 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 20,538, an increase of 487 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 12 were in Puerto Rico (5.0 percent), Michigan (3.7), New Jersey (3.4), Rhode Island (3.4), Pennsylvania (3.3), Oregon (3.2), Wisconsin (3.2), California (3.1), Connecticut (2.9), Massachusetts (2.9), and Nevada (2.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 19 were in Florida (+4,178), Wisconsin (+2,982), Louisiana (+1,212), Illinois (+1,206), and Texas (+1,162), while the largest decreases were in New York (-20,450), Michigan (-6,598), Missouri (-5,065), Pennsylvania (-4,696), and Georgia
(-4,347).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 26 July 19 Change July 12 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 448,000 404,000 +44,000 372,000 313,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 375,627 412,525 -36,898 483,981 257,426
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 393,000 382,000 +11,000 378,000 308,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 19 July 12 Change July 5 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,282,000 3,097,000 +185,000 3,116,000 2,542,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,213,405 3,164,766 +48,639 3,118,724 2,463,232
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,174,500 3,131,750 +42,750 3,141,250 2,548,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.5% 2.3% +0.2 2.3% 1.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.4% 2.4% 0.0 2.3% 1.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 19
July 12
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,434 1,781 -347 1,223
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,706 1,855 -149 1,685

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 12
July 5
Change
Year

Federal Employees 12,790 12,628 +162 13,856
Newly Discharged Veterans 20,538 20,051 +487 21,466
Railroad Retirement Board 2,000 2,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 1,777 1,298 +479 0

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 133,690,617 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/19/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -20,450 Fewer layoffs in the service, public administration, and transportation industries.
MI -6,598 No comment.
MO -5,065 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA -4,696 Fewer layoffs in the utilities, wood products, petroleum, and manufacturing industries.
GA -4,347 Fewer layoffs in the textile and manufacturing industries.
TN -4,310 Fewer layoffs in the apparel, transportation equipment, and fabricated metals industries
OH -3,318 No comment.
AL -3,034 Fewer layoffs in the apparel and wood products industries.
IN -2,985 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
OR -2,697 No comment.
IA -2,076 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
WA -1,980 No comment.
NC -1,617 Fewer layoffs in the electronic equipment, lumber/wood, and mining industries.
SC -1,612 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MS -1,586 No comment.
CA -1,549 No comment.
NJ -1,483 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MA -1,371 Fewer layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.
MN -1,348 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
AZ -1,308 No comment.
MD -1,248 No comment.
VA -1,191 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
TX +1,162 Layoffs in the trade, insurance, and manufacturing industries.
IL +1,206 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
LA +1,212 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
WI +2,982 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
FL +4,178 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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