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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 565,000, a decrease of 52,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 617,000. The 4-week moving average was 606,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised average of 616,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5.1 percent for the week ending June 27, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 5.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 27 was 6,883,000, an increase of 159,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,724,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,769,000, an increase of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,757,000.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.421 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 577,506 in the week ending July 4, an increase of 17,612 from the previous week. There were 401,672 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent during the week ending June 27, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,043,561, a decrease of 34,892 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1 percent and the volume was 2,857,438.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending June 20.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,628 in the week ending June 27, an increase of 54 from the prior week. There were 2,062 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 33 from the preceding week.

There were 17,456 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 20, an increase of 434 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,528, an increase of 164 from the prior week.

States reported 2,519,101 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 20, an increase of 81,276 from the prior week. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending June 20 were in Michigan (6.8 percent), Puerto Rico (6.8), Oregon (6.7), Pennsylvania (6.4), Nevada (6.2), Wisconsin (5.7), California (5.3), Illinois (5.3), North Carolina (5.3), and South Carolina (5.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 27 were in New Jersey (+7,876), Massachusetts (+4,730), Kansas (+4,469), Kentucky (+3,614), and New York (+3,019), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-12,493), Illinois (-5,321), Pennsylvania (-3,949), California (-2,919), and Tennessee (-2,743).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 4 June 27 Change June 20 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 565,000 617,000 -52,000 630,000 367,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 577,506 559,894 +17,612 568,552 401,672
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 606,000 616,000 -10,000 618,000 388,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING June 27 June 20 Change June 13 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 6,883,000 6,724,000 +159,000 6,755,000 3,218,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 6,043,561 6,078,453 -34,892 6,113,273 2,857,438
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 6,769,000 6,757,000 +12,000 6,765,250 3,154,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 5.1% 5.0% +0.1 5.1% 2.4%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.5% 4.5% 0.0 4.6% 2.1%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
June 27
June 20
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,628 1,574 +54 1,423
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,062 2,095 -33 1,613

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
June 20
June 13
Change
Year

Federal Employees 17,456 17,022 +434 11,720
Newly Discharged Veterans 28,528 28,364 +164 19,270
Railroad Retirement Board 11,000 11,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 346,559 282,059 +64,500 1,201
EUC 20083 2,519,101 2,437,825 +81,276 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 133,683,433 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 06/27/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL -12,493 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
IL -5,321 Fewer layoffs in the construction and trade industries.
PA -3,949 Fewer layoffs in the service and transportation industries.
CA -2,919 No comment.
TN -2,743 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, transportation equipment, industrial machinery, and rubber/plastics industries.
OR -2,348 No comment.
MD -2,213 No comment.
GA -1,808 Fewer layoffs in the textile and service industries.
LA -1,458 No comment.
WI -1,186 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CT +1,955 Increase is seasonal, school closings related, as well as layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC +2,191 Layoffs in the construction, trade, lumber/wood, fabricated metals, industrial machinery, furniture, electrical equipment, and electronic equipment industries.
NY +3,019 Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
KY +3,614 Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
KS +4,469 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MA +4,730 Increase is seasonal, school closings related, as well as layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
NJ +7,876 Increase is seasonal, school closings related, as well as layoffs in the public administration, transportation, warehousing, service, and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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