News Release
 

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C.
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL14-40-NAT
   
   
Program Contacts: TRANSMISSION OF MATERIAL IN THIS
Tom Stengle (202) 693-2991 RELEASE IS EMBARGOED UNTIL
Tony Sznoluch (202) 693-3176 8:30 A.M. (Eastern), Thursday
Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 January 16, 2014
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 328,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,000, a decrease of 13,500 from the previous week's revised average of 348,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending January 4, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 4 was 3,030,000, an increase of 174,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,856,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,908,750, an increase of 38,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,870,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 534,431 in the week ending January 11, an increase of 51,190 from the previous week. There were 556,621 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending January 4, an increase of 0.3 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,638,564, an increase of 354,387 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,867,784.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 28 was 4,703,499, an increase of 508,309 from the previous week. There were 5,873,824 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

2

No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending December 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,569 in the week ending January 4, an increase of 372 from the prior week. There were 1,741 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 533 from the preceding week.

There were 22,811 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 28, an increase of 2,103 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,676, an increase of 2,111 from the prior week.

States reported 1,350,663 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending December 28, an increase of 63,626 from the prior week. There were 2,059,438 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 28 were in Alaska (6.2), New Jersey (4.0), Connecticut (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.6), Montana (3.5), Wisconsin (3.5), Oregon (3.4), California (3.2), Illinois (3.2), Idaho (3.1), Massachusetts (3.1), Michigan (3.1), Minnesota (3.1), New York (3.1), and Rhode Island (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 4 were in New York (+28,314), Georgia (+18,734), South Carolina (+9,632), Alabama (+6,782), and Texas (+6,638), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-17,635), New Jersey (-6,882), Massachusetts (-5,485), Ohio (-5,482), and Iowa (-4,212).

 

3

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 11 Jan. 4 Change Dec. 28 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 326,000 328,000 -2,000 345,000 350,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 534,431 483,241 +51,190 451,452 556,621
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 335,000 348,500 -13,500 358,750 365,250
WEEK ENDING Advance Jan. 4 Dec. 28 Change Dec. 21 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,030,000 2,856,000 +174,000 2,817,000 3,248,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,638,564 3,284,177 +354,387 2,844,723 3,867,784
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,908,750 2,870,500 +38,250 2,854,000 3,212,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.2% +0.1 2.2% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.8% 2.5% +0.3 2.2% 3.0%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 4
Dec. 28
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,569 1,197 +372 1,776
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,741 1,208 +533 2,378

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Dec. 28
Dec. 21
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,279,798 2,841,070 +438,728 3,725,033
Federal Employees (UCFE) 22,811 20,708 +2,103 22,737
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 30,676 28,565 +2,111 39,142
EUC 20083 1,350,663 1,287,037 +63,626 2,059,438
Extended Benefits4 148 293 -145 1,143
State Additional Benefits 5 3,812 3,662 +150 5,083
STC / Workshare 6 15,591 13,855 +1,736 21,248
TOTAL 4,703,499 4,195,190 +508,309 5,873,824

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 130,938,360 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate,
        and the extent of benefits paid, can be found starting on page 4-5 of this link: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

 

4

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED JANUARY 4, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI -17,635 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ -6,882 Fewer layoffs in the educational services and public administration industries.
MA -5,485 Fewer claims due to adverse weather conditions.
OH -5,482 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, manufacturing, and retail trade industries.
IA -4,212 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA -4,174 Fewer layoffs in the transportation and food service industries.
CA -3,484 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
MD -3,312 No comment.
KY -2,152 No comment.
PR -1,959 No comment.
IL -1,190 No comment.
KS -1,175 No comment.
VT -1,153 No comment.
NH 1,066 Fewer layoffs in the educational services industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY +28,314 Layoffs in the transportation and warehousing, construction, and educational services industries.
GA +18,734 Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, trade, transportation and warehousing, and health care and social assistance industries.
SC +9,632 Layoffs in the manufacturing and administrative support services industries.
AL +6,782 Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support, and retail industries.
TX +6,638 No comment.
TN +5,191 Layoffs in the administrative support, construction, and manufacturing industries.
VA +3,825 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC +2,710 Layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishment, business services, food services, and health care and social assistance industries.
MO +2,646 Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and administrative services industries.
FL +1,971 Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, retail trade, and service industries.
MN +1,626 No comment.
WI +1,514 No comment.
AZ +1,111 No comment.
CO +1,102 No comment.

This information will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-693-4676. TDD Message Phone: 1-800-326-2577. News releases from the U.S. Department of Labor are accessible on the Internet at: http://www.dol.gov/ and  https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp.