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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Feb. 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 627,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised figure of 627,000. The 4-week moving average was 619,000, an increase of 10,500 from the previous week's revised average of 608,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent for the week ending Feb. 7, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.6 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb. 7 was 4,987,000, an increase of 170,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,817,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,839,500, an increase of 92,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,747,000.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 615,232 in the week ending Feb. 14, a decrease of 94,921 from the previous week. There were 325,754 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent during the
week ending Feb. 7, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week.
The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs
totaled 5,959,930, an increase of 10,719 from the preceding week. A year earlier,
the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,315,409.
Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island during the week ending Jan. 31.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,483 in the week ending Feb. 7, a decrease of 146 from the prior week. There were 1,998 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 50 from the preceding week.
There were 21,105 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 31, an increase of 894 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,830, a decrease of 106 from the prior week.
States reported 1,551,146 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 31, an increase of 61,727 from the prior week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 31 were in Michigan (8.1 percent), Idaho (7.0), Oregon (7.0), Pennsylvania (6.4), Wisconsin (6.3), Nevada (5.9), Alaska (5.8), Montana (5.6), Rhode Island (5.6), and Indiana (5.5).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Feb. 7 were in Kentucky (+8,419), Arkansas (+4,142), Illinois (+3,630), Texas (+3,392), and Missouri (+3,217), while the largest decreases were in California (-5,249), Tennessee (-1,718), Iowa (-1,413), Connecticut (-1,267), and South Carolina
|WEEK ENDING||Feb. 14||Feb. 7||Change||Jan. 31||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||627,000||627,000||0||631,000||342,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||615,232||710,153||-94,921||682,176||325,754|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||619,000||608,500||+10,500||583,500||349,500|
|WEEK ENDING||Feb. 7||Jan. 31||Change||Jan. 24||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||4,987,000||4,817,000||+170,000||4,799,000||2,774,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||5,959,930||5,949,211||+10,719||5,806,901||3,315,409|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||4,839,500||4,747,000||+92,500||4,671,500||2,736,250|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||3.7%||3.6%||+0.1||3.6%||2.1%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,998||2,048||-50||1,581|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||27,830||27,936||-106||23,488|
|Railroad Retirement Board||9,000||9,000||0||4,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 02/07/2009
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|CA||-5,249||Fewer layoffs in the construction and trade industries.|
|TN||-1,718||Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|SC||-1,059||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|MA||+1,035||Layoffs in the trade, service, finance, insurance, and manufacturing industries.|
|VA||+1,103||Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.|
|FL||+1,144||Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.|
|PA||+1,514||Layoffs in the service and wood products industries.|
|IN||+1,698||Layoffs in the automobile, transportation, and manufacturing industries.|
|MI||+2,770||Layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|NY||+3,128||Layoffs in the service, finance, and insurance industries.|
|MO||+3,217||Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.|
|TX||+3,392||Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|IL||+3,630||Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.|
|AR||+4,142||Layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.|
|KY||+8,419||Layoffs in the mining industry.|
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