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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Dec. 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 492,000, a decrease of 94,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 586,000. The 4-week moving average was 552,250, a decrease of 5,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 558,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Dec. 20, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec. 20 was 4,506,000, an increase of 140,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,366,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,422,500, an increase of 103,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,318,750.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 718,468 in the week ending Dec. 27, an increase of 1,892 from the previous week. There were 507,908 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending Dec. 20, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,568,685, a decrease of 19,701 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1 percent and the volume was 2,812,156.

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Extended benefits were available in North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island during the week ending Dec. 13.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,610 in the week ending Dec. 20, a decrease of 589 from the prior week. There were 1,974 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 82 from the preceding week.

There were 18,787 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 13, an increase of 327 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 25,547, an increase of 803 from the prior week.

States reported 1,561,311 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Dec. 13, an increase of 84,941 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Dec. 13 were in Michigan (5.5 percent), Oregon (5.3), Puerto Rico (5.1), Idaho (4.9), Nevada (4.8), Pennsylvania (4.8), Alaska (4.7), Wisconsin (4.5), California (4.2), New Jersey (4.2), Rhode Island (4.2), and South Carolina (4.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 20 were in California (+20,866), Kentucky (+13,337), Michigan (+8,160), Missouri (+7,091), and Indiana (+6,795), while the largest decreases were in Massachusetts (-4,016), Georgia (-3,525), New Jersey (-1,866), Tennessee (-1,649), and Illinois (-1,194).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Dec. 27 Dec. 20 Change Dec. 13 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 492,000 586,000 -94,000 556,000 339,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 718,468 716,576 +1,892 629,867 507,908
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 552,250 558,000 -5,750 544,250 344,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Dec. 20 Dec. 13 Change Dec. 6 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,506,000 4,366,000 +140,000 4,387,000 2,736,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,568,685 4,588,386 -19,701 4,378,273 2,812,156
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,422,500 4,318,750 +103,750 4,226,750 2,682,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.4% 3.3% +0.1 3.3% 2.1%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.4% 3.4% 0.0 3.3% 2.1%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Dec. 20
Dec. 13
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,610 2,199 -589 1,780
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,974 2,056 -82 1,503

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Dec. 13
Dec. 6
Change
Year

Federal Employees 18,787 18,460 +327 16,817
Newly Discharged Veterans 25,547 24,744 +803 24,113
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 1,690 3,361 -1,671 0
EUC 2008 1,561,311 1,476,370 +84,941 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 12/20/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MA -4,016 No comment.
GA -3,525 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ -1,866 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.
TN -1,649 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
IL -1,194 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
CT -1,171 No comment.
SC -1,139 No comment.
ME -1,002 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MN +1,011 No comment.
MT +1,283 No comment.
FL +2,057 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
LA +2,145 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL +2,842 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TX +2,939 Layoffs in the construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
AR +3,153 No comment.
KS +3,423 No comment.
IA +3,704 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
VA +4,012 No comment.
OH +4,323 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
WA +5,208 Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
OR +5,566 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
IN +6,795 Layoffs in the automobile, construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MO +7,091 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
MI +8,160 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
KY +13,337 Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
CA +20,866 Layoffs in the trade nd service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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