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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 505,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised figure of 505,000. The 4-week moving average was 514,000, a decrease of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average of 520,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent for the week ending Nov. 7, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 7 was 5,611,000, a decrease of 39,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,650,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,711,500, a decrease of 83,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,795,000.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.992 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 479,295 in the week ending Nov. 14, a decrease of 53,132 from the previous week. There were 513,000 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during the week ending Nov. 7, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,881,874, a decrease of 79,243 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,521,971.

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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. 31.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,331 in the week ending Nov. 7, a decrease of 62 from the prior week. There were 2,480 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 199 from the preceding week.

There were 24,799 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 31, an increase of 2,273 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 34,919, an increase of 699 from the prior week.

States reported 3,622,091 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 31, an increase of 101,838 from the prior week. There were 772,645 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. 31 were in Puerto Rico (6.1 percent), Oregon (5.5), Nevada (5.2), Alaska (5.0), California (5.0), Arkansas (4.9), Wisconsin (4.9), Michigan (4.8), Pennsylvania (4.8), and Washington (4.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 7 were in Michigan (+6,001), New Jersey (+4,153), Pennsylvania (+3,552), New York (+3,508), and Ohio (+3,292), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-1,915), Arkansas (-734), Oregon (-274), South Carolina (-116), and West Virginia (-19).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Nov. 14 Nov. 7 Change Oct. 31 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 505,000 505,000 0 514,000 533,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 479,295 532,427 -53,132 482,419 513,000
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 514,000 520,500 -6,500 524,250 503,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Nov. 7 Oct. 31 Change Oct. 24 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 5,611,000 5,650,000 -39,000 5,768,000 4,021,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,881,874 4,961,117 -79,243 4,932,037 3,521,971
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 5,711,500 5,795,000 -83,500 5,891,000 3,896,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.3% 4.3% 0.0 4.4% 3.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.7% 3.8% -0.1 3.7% 2.6%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Nov. 7
Oct. 31
Change
Year

Federal Employees 2,331 2,393 -62 1,498
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,480 2,281 +199 1,776

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Oct. 31
Oct. 24
Change
Year

Federal Employees 24,799 22,526 +2,273 14,289
Newly Discharged Veterans 34,919 34,220 +699 23,646
Railroad Retirement Board 10,000 10,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 540,665 523,495 +17,170 17,895
EUC 20083 3,622,091 3,520,253 +101,838 772,645

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 11/07/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL -1,915 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NV +1,049 No comment.
CA +1,246 Layoffs in the service industry.
MA +1,387 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
IL +1,401 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
MO +1,486 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.
KY +1,520 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC +1,625 Layoffs in the construction, service, paper, rubber/plastics, communications, and transportation equipment industries.
TX +1,759 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
VA +1,884 No comment.
TN +1,923 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
GA +2,133 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MN +2,149 No comment.
WA +2,951 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
OH +3,292 Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.
NY +3,508 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
PA +3,552 Layoffs in the construction, service, finance, and insurance industries.
NJ +4,153 Layoffs in the construction and service industries.
MI +6,001 Layoffs in the automobile, construction, and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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