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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 466,000, a decrease of 35,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 501,000. The 4-week moving average was 496,500, a decrease of 16,500 from the previous week's revised average of 513,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the week ending Nov. 14, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 14 was 5,423,000, a decrease of 190,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,613,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,613,750, a decrease of 98,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,712,250.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.866 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 543,926 in the week ending Nov. 21, an increase of 68,080 from the previous week. There were 609,138 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.8 percent during the week ending Nov. 14, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,070,712, an increase of 187,642 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,782,040.

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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 Nov. 7.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,346 in the week ending Nov. 14, an increase of 45 from the prior week. There were 2,026 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 408 from the preceding week.

There were 22,941 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Nov. 7, a decrease of 1,962 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 34,598, a decrease of 301 from the prior week.

States reported 3,639,036 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Nov. 7, an increase of 16,370 from the prior week. There were 766,565 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 Nov. 7 were in Puerto Rico (6.2 percent), Oregon (5.5), Alaska (5.1), Nevada (5.1), Pennsylvania (4.9), Wisconsin (4.9), Arkansas (4.7), California (4.7), Michigan (4.6), North Carolina (4.6), and Washington (4.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 14 were in Florida (+1,313), Indiana (+607), Hawaii (+278), and North Dakota (+81), while the largest decreases were in California (-7,987), Texas (-4,710), Pennsylvania (-4,321), Wisconsin (-2,716), and Ohio (-2,486).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Nov. 21 Nov. 14 Change Nov. 7 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 466,000 501,000 -35,000 505,000 520,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 543,926 475,846 +68,080 531,743 609,138
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 496,500 513,000 -16,500 520,500 512,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Nov. 14 Nov. 7 Change Oct. 31 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 5,423,000 5,613,000 -190,000 5,651,000 4,019,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 5,070,712 4,883,070 +187,642 4,961,786 3,782,040
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 5,613,750 5,712,250 -98,500 5,795,250 3,958,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.1% 4.3% -0.2 4.3% 3.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.8% 3.7% +0.1 3.8% 2.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Nov. 14
Nov. 7
Change
Year

Federal Employees 2,346 2,301 +45 1,898
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,026 2,434 -408 1,585

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Nov. 7
Oct. 31
Change
Year

Federal Employees 22,941 24,903 -1,962 14,827
Newly Discharged Veterans 34,598 34,899 -301 23,317
Railroad Retirement Board 10,000 10,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 539,531 574,155 -34,624 19,650
EUC 20083 3,639,036 3,622,666 +16,370 766,565

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 11/14/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -7,987 Decrease due to a shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
TX -4,710 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
PA -4,321 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
WI -2,716 Fewer layoffs in the service, public administration, and manufacturing industries.
OH -2,486 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
MO -2,337 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
TN -2,227 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
NJ -2,220 Fewer layoffs in the service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
IL -1,975 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
GA -1,945 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
SC -1,675 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MA -1,639 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL -1,631 Fewer layoffs in the trade industry.
IA -1,614 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC -1,611 Fewer layoffs in the construction and rubber/plastics industries.
AR -1,568 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
KY -1,503 No comment.
VA -1,461 No comment.
MD -1,266 No comment.
NY -1,135 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
MI -1,133 No comment.
CO -1,071 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL +1,313 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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