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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Oct. 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 530,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 531,000. The 4-week moving average was 526,250, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 532,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent for the week ending Oct. 17, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 17 was 5,797,000, a decrease of 148,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,945,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,960,750, a decrease of 78,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,039,500.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 492,456 in the week ending Oct. 24, an increase of 32,026 from the previous week. There were 449,389 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.8 percent during the week ending Oct. 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 4,968,019, an increase of 51,445 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,233,118.

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Oct. 10.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,895 in the week ending Oct. 17, a decrease of 337 from the prior week. There were 2,417 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 231 from the preceding week.

There were 21,217 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 10, an increase of 1,096 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 33,081, an increase of 2,343 from the prior week.

States reported 3,368,909 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 10, a decrease of 21,713 from the prior week. There were 1,050,369 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 Oct. 10 were in Puerto Rico (6.3 percent), Nevada (5.3), Oregon (5.3), Pennsylvania (5.0), Wisconsin (4.8), Arkansas (4.6), California (4.6), Michigan (4.6), North Carolina (4.5), and South Carolina (4.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 17 were in California (+5,774), Puerto Rico (+685), Minnesota (+614), Nevada (+366), and Nebraska (+239), while the largest decreases were in Wisconsin (-5,681), New York (-4,711), Pennsylvania (-4,033), Illinois (-3,870), and Oregon
(-2,706).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

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

Initial Claims (SA) 530,000 531,000 -1,000 520,000 485,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 492,456 460,430 +32,026 509,730 449,389
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 526,250 532,250 -6,000 533,000 477,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Oct. 17 Oct. 10 Change Oct. 3 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 5,797,000 5,945,000 -148,000 6,034,000 3,773,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,968,019 4,916,574 +51,445 4,953,947 3,233,118
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 5,960,750 6,039,500 -78,750 6,093,250 3,746,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.4% 4.5% -0.1 4.6% 2.8%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.8% 3.7% +0.1 3.8% 2.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 17
Oct. 10
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,895 2,232 -337 1,363
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,417 2,648 -231 1,512

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 10
Oct. 3
Change
Year

Federal Employees 21,217 20,121 +1,096 14,006
Newly Discharged Veterans 33,081 30,738 +2,343 22,890
Railroad Retirement Board 9,000 9,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 526,704 576,057 -49,353 8,049
EUC 20083 3,368,909 3,390,622 -21,713 1,050,369

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 131,823,421 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 10/17/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
WI -5,681 Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
NY -4,711 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and public administration industries.
PA -4,033 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and transportation equipment industries.
IL -3,870 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
OR -2,706 No comment.
AR -2,504 Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
NJ -2,461 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.
KY -2,366 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TX -2,343 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
GA -2,305 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
IN -2,008 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
MD -1,817 No comment.
OH -1,721 Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
MO -1,718 Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.
FL -1,644 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NC -1,440 Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery, computer equipment, textile, and lumber /wood industries.
WA -1,214 No comment.
KS -1,205 No comment.
MI -1,158 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +5,774 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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