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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.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

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.

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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).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
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
Advance Prior1
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 (NSA)2
2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.5% 1.7%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Nov. 8
Nov. 1
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,477 1,459 +18 1,706
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,732 1,608 +124 1,829

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Nov. 1
Oct. 25
Change
Year

Federal Employees 14,297 14,519 -222 14,237
Newly Discharged Veterans 23,603 23,443 +160 23,460
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 94 111 -17 0
EUC 2008 713,059 756,683 -43,624 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 133,902,387 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 11/08/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
KY -1,562 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
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.
NV +2,681 No comment.
VA +2,688 Layoffs in the trade and service industries.
OR +2,751 No comment.
MI +2,758 No comment.
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.
MN +2,948 No comment.
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.
CA +15,532 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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