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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Aug. 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 550,000, a decrease of 38,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 588,000. The 4-week moving average was 555,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average of 560,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the week ending July 25, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.7 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 25 was 6,310,000, an increase of 69,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,241,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,278,750, a decrease of 148,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,427,250.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.522 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 463,062 in the week ending Aug. 1, a decrease of 48,296 from the previous week. There were 382,792 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent during the week ending July 25, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,987,728, a decrease of 116,319 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,166,763.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending July 18.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,661 in the week ending July 25, a decrease of 30 from the prior week. There were 1,981 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 80 from the preceding week.

There were 19,783 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 18, an increase of 1,066 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,107, an increase of 175 from the prior week.

States reported 2,754,391 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 18, an increase of 97,512 from the prior week. There were 607,368 claimants in the comparable week in 2008. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 18 were in Puerto Rico (8.0 percent), Michigan (6.7), Oregon (6.5), Pennsylvania (6.5), Nevada (6.1), Wisconsin (5.7), Connecticut (5.5), New Jersey (5.5), California (5.4), Rhode Island (5.3), and South Carolina (5.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 25 were in Ohio (+891), Oklahoma (+644), Mississippi (+222), Louisiana (+154), and Alaska (+129), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-9,809), Michigan (-9,085), Florida (-8,714), Georgia (-6,948), and Alabama (-3,822).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Aug. 1 July 25 Change July 18 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 550,000 588,000 -38,000 559,000 450,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 463,062 511,358 -48,296 585,575 382,792
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 555,250 560,000 -4,750 567,250 423,000
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING July 25 July 18 Change July 11 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 6,310,000 6,241,000 +69,000 6,251,000 3,344,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 5,987,728 6,104,047 -116,319 6,256,960 3,166,763
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 6,278,750 6,427,250 -148,500 6,548,000 3,246,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.7% 4.7% 0.0 4.7% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.5% 4.6% -0.1 4.7% 2.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 25
July 18
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,661 1,691 -30 1,079
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,981 2,061 -80 1,424

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
July 18
July 11
Change
Year

Federal Employees 19,783 18,717 +1,066 14,136
Newly Discharged Veterans 30,107 29,932 +175 20,837
Railroad Retirement Board 14,000 14,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 491,684 352,393 +139,291 1,471
EUC 20083 2,754,391 2,656,879 +97,512 607,368

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 133,078,480 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 07/25/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NC -9,809 Fewer layoffs in the rubber/plastics, textile, furniture, industrial machinery, and trade industries.
MI -9,085 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
FL -8,714 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
GA -6,948 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
AL -3,822 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, primary metals, apparel, and manufacturing industries.
NY -3,577 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.
PA -3,518 Fewer layoffs in the primary metals, fabricated metals, and service industries.
IN -3,478 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
VA -2,975 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
IL -2,835 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
KY -1,697 Fewer layoffs in the automobile, trade, and manufacturing industries.
MO -1,648 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ -1,548 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, service, and manufacturing industries.
WI -1,511 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
CT -1,459 No comment.
KS -1,187 No comment.
WA -1,165 No comment.
CA -1,138 No comment.
IA -1,112 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    

State Detail Prior Week
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