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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Nov. 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 542,000, an increase of 27,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 515,000. The 4-week moving average was 506,500, an increase of 15,750 from the previous week's revised average of 490,750.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending Nov. 8, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.9 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 8 was 4,012,000, an increase of 109,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,903,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,867,000, an increase of 71,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,795,750.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 511,941 in the week ending Nov. 15, a decrease of 26,717 from the previous week. There were 323,124 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the
week ending Nov. 8, unchanged from the prior week.
The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs
totaled 3,518,151, an increase of 60,257 from the preceding week. A year earlier,
the rate was 1.7 percent and the volume was 2,293,829.
Extended benefits were available in North Carolina and Rhode Island during the week ending Nov. 1.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,477 in the week ending Nov. 8, an increase of 18 from the prior week. There were 1,732 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 124 from the preceding week.
There were 14,297 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Nov. 1, a decrease of 222 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 23,603, an increase of 160 from the prior week.
States reported 713,059 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Nov. 1, a decrease of 43,624 from the prior week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Nov. 1 were in Puerto Rico (5.3 percent), Oregon (3.9), California (3.7), Nevada (3.7), Michigan (3.5), Alaska (3.4), Pennsylvania (3.4), South Carolina (3.4), New Jersey (3.3), Arkansas (3.2), and North Carolina (3.2).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 8 were in California (+15,532), North Carolina (+6,453), Tennessee (+5,067), New Jersey (+4,706), and New York (+3,680), while the largest decreases were in Kentucky (-1,562), Puerto Rico (-875), Delaware (-751), Maine (-349), and Rhode Island (-335).
|WEEK ENDING||Nov. 15||Nov. 8||Change||Nov. 1||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||542,000||515,000||+27,000||484,000||333,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||511,941||538,658||-26,717||466,341||323,124|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||506,500||490,750||+15,750||477,750||331,750|
|WEEK ENDING||Nov. 8||Nov. 1||Change||Oct. 25||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||4,012,000||3,903,000||+109,000||3,832,000||2,580,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||3,518,151||3,457,894||+60,257||3,310,892||2,293,829|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||3,867,000||3,795,750||+71,250||3,751,250||2,588,750|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||3.0%||2.9%||+0.1||2.9%||1.9%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,732||1,608||+124||1,829|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||23,603||23,443||+160||23,460|
|Railroad Retirement Board||3,000||3,000||0||3,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 11/08/2008
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|KY||-1,562||Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|AL||+1,048||Layoffs in the rubber/plastics industry.|
|IN||+1,121||Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.|
|IL||+1,175||Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|GA||+1,204||Layoffs in the textile and transportation equipment industries.|
|KS||+1,623||Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.|
|FL||+1,925||Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|VA||+2,688||Layoffs in the trade and service industries.|
|WA||+2,800||Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.|
|PA||+2,918||Layoffs in the wood products, primary metals, and service industries.|
|SC||+3,537||Layoffs in the textile and industrial machinery industries.|
|NY||+3,680||Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|NJ||+4,706||Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, service, finance, insurance , and real estate industries.|
|TN||+5,067||Layoffs in the textile, rubber/plastics, industrial machinery, transportation equipment, and service industries.|
|NC||+6,453||Layoffs in the primary metals, furniture, transportation equipment, industrial machinery, construction, service, lumber/wood, and computer equipment industries.|
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