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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 588,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 585,000. The 4-week moving average was 542,500, an increase of 24,250 from the previous week's revised average of 518,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending Jan. 17, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 17 was 4,776,000, an increase of 159,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,617,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,630,000, an increase of 66,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,563,500.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 617,289 in the week ending Jan. 24, a decrease of 146,776 from the previous week. There were 369,944 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the week ending Jan. 17, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,740,996, an increase of 89,879 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,249,574.

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Extended benefits were available in North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island during the week ending Jan. 10.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,838 in the week ending Jan. 17, a decrease of 722 from the prior week. There were 2,221 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 101 from the preceding week.

There were 20,225 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 10, a decrease of 1,098 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,219, an increase of 193 from the prior week.

States reported 1,718,686 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 10, a decrease of 373,020 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 10 were in Michigan (7.3 percent), Oregon (6.7), Idaho (6.5), South Carolina (6.0), Pennsylvania (5.8), Wisconsin (5.7), Indiana (5.5), Nevada (5.3), Montana (5.2), Puerto Rico (5.2), and Rhode Island (5.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 17 were in Florida (+6,500), California (+1,826), Puerto Rico (+1,308), Texas (+537), and Massachusetts (+86), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-33,365), North Carolina (-25,516), Georgia (-12,635), New York (-12,432), and Pennsylvania (-10,077).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 24 Jan. 17 Change Jan. 10 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 588,000 585,000 +3,000 527,000 366,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 617,289 764,065 -146,776 956,791 369,944
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 542,500 518,250 +24,250 519,250 333,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Jan. 17 Jan. 10 Change Jan. 3 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,776,000 4,617,000 +159,000 4,515,000 2,703,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 5,740,996 5,651,117 +89,879 5,855,855 3,249,574
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,630,000 4,563,500 +66,500 4,502,250 2,702,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.6% 3.4% +0.2 3.4% 2.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.3% 4.2% +0.1 4.4% 2.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 17
Jan. 10
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,838 2,560 -722 1,549
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,221 2,322 -101 1,742

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Jan. 10
Jan. 3
Change
Year

Federal Employees 20,225 21,323 -1,098 17,969
Newly Discharged Veterans 27,219 27,026 +193 24,423
Railroad Retirement Board 7,000 7,000 0 4,000
Extended Benefits 12,472 3,103 +9,369 1
EUC 2008 1,718,686 2,091,706 -373,020 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 133,886,830 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/17/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI -33,365 Almost all industries posted decreases as seasonal shutdowns (primarily in the automobile industry) came to an end.
NC -25,516 Fewer layoffs in the textile, furniture, primary metals, fabricated metals, rubber/plastics, electrical equipment, and electronic equipment industries.
GA -12,635 Fewer layoffs in the textile and carpets /rugs industries.
NY -12,432 Fewer layoffs in the service, transportation, finance, and insurance industries.
PA -10,077 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
VA -9,314 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TN -8,238 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, rubber/plastics, industrial machinery, and fabricated metals industries.
IN -8,114 Fewer layoffs in the automobile, trade, and manufacturing industries.
WI -7,743 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
IL -6,943 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
MO -6,591 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
OH -6,477 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL -6,309 Fewer layoffs in the textile, furniture, and primary metals industries.
KY -6,259 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
MS -4,596 No comment.
OR -2,875 No comment.
MD -2,323 No comment.
LA -2,298 No comment.
KS -2,168 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
ME -2,159 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
IA -2,155 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
MN -2,091 No comment.
NJ -1,956 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and service industries.
WA -1,952 No comment.
CT -1,722 No comment.
AR -1,570 Fewer layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.

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STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
OK -1,555 No comment.
RI -1,554 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
AK -1,507 No comment.
SC -1,486 Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery, transportation equipment, and manufacturing industries.
AZ -1,208 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
PR +1,308 No comment.
CA +1,826 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
FL +6,500 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
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