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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.
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.
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
|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|
|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
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,706||1,855||-149||1,685|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||20,538||20,051||+487||21,466|
|Railroad Retirement Board||2,000||2,000||0||2,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/19/2008
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|NY||-20,450||Fewer layoffs in the service, public administration, and transportation industries.|
|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|
|AL||-3,034||Fewer layoffs in the apparel and wood products industries.|
|IN||-2,985||Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.|
|IA||-2,076||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|NC||-1,617||Fewer layoffs in the electronic equipment, lumber/wood, and mining industries.|
|SC||-1,612||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|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.|
|VA||-1,191||Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.|
|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.|
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