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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Aug. 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 576,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 561,000. The 4-week moving average was 570,000, an increase of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average of 565,750.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the week ending Aug. 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.7 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Aug. 8 was 6,241,000, an increase of 2,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,239,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,266,000, a decrease of 2,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,268,500.
The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.565 million.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 454,216 in the week ending Aug. 15, a decrease of 28,406 from the previous week. There were 343,169 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent during the
week ending Aug. 8, unchanged from the prior week.
The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs
totaled 5,798,001, a decrease of 97,650 from the preceding week. A year earlier,
the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,160,610.
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, 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 Aug. 1.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,639 in the week ending Aug. 8, an increase of 271 from the prior week. There were 2,252 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 232 from the preceding week.
There were 20,577 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Aug. 1, an increase of 1,009 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,325, a decrease of 15 from the prior week.
States reported 2,877,756 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Aug. 1, an increase of 92,384 from the prior week. There were 1,406,779 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 Aug. 1 were in Puerto Rico (7.3 percent), Oregon (6.2), Pennsylvania (6.1), Michigan (5.9), Nevada (5.9), Wisconsin (5.5), California (5.3), Connecticut (5.3), New Jersey (5.3), North Carolina (5.1), and South Carolina (5.1).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Aug. 8 were in Tennessee (+2,525), North Carolina (+2,469), Wisconsin (+2,078), Georgia (+1,753), and Washington (+1,697), while the largest decreases were in California (-5,635), Michigan (-1,490), Ohio (-951), Kentucky (-690), and Delaware (-226).
|WEEK ENDING||Aug. 15||Aug. 8||Change||Aug. 1||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||576,000||561,000||+15,000||554,000||438,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||454,216||482,622||-28,406||466,695||343,169|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||570,000||565,750||+4,250||556,500||442,500|
|WEEK ENDING||Aug. 8||Aug. 1||Change||July 25||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||6,241,000||6,239,000||+2,000||6,343,000||3,406,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||5,798,001||5,895,651||-97,650||6,019,822||3,160,610|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||6,266,000||6,268,500||-2,500||6,287,000||3,363,500|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||4.7%||4.7%||0.0||4.8%||2.5%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||2,252||2,020||+232||1,724|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||30,325||30,340||-15||20,906|
|Railroad Retirement Board||11,000||11,000||0||2,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 08/08/2009
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|CA||-5,635||Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.|
|MI||-1,490||Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|MA||+1,318||Layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.|
|NY||+1,453||Layoffs in the trade, service, finance, and insurance industries.|
|TX||+1,569||Layoffs in the trade, service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.|
|SC||+1,584||Layoffs in the transportation equipment and industrial machinery industries.|
|WA||+1,697||Layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.|
|GA||+1,753||Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.|
|WI||+2,078||Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|NC||+2,469||Layoffs in the transportation equipment, textile, electrical equipment, electronic equipment, construction, and service industries.|
|TN||+2,525||Layoffs in the transportation equipment, industrial machinery, rubber/plastics, and service industries.|
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