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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 January 23, 2014
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 325,000. The 4-week moving average was 331,500, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average of 335,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending January 11, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 11 was 3,056,000, an increase of 34,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,022,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,939,000, an increase of 31,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,908,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 411,678 in the week ending January 18, a decrease of 121,020 from the previous week. There were 436,955 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending January 11, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,563,268, a decrease of 65,558 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,711,100.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 4 was 3,706,087, a decrease of 1,003,734 from the previous week. There were 5,659,482 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013.

 

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No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending January 4.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,227 in the week ending January 11, an increase of 661 from the prior week. There were 2,449 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 704 from the preceding week.

There were 23,306 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 4, an increase of 466 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 31,591, an increase of 567 from the prior week.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired on January 1, 2014, and under current law no EUC payments will be made for weeks of unemployment after this date.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 11 were in Alaska (5.8), Puerto Rico (4.9), Pennsylvania (4.5), Connecticut (4.4), New Jersey (4.4), Michigan (3.8), Montana (3.8), Wisconsin (3.8), Rhode Island (3.6), California (3.5), Illinois (3.5), and Massachusetts (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 11 were in Texas (+12,800), California (+8,319), Pennsylvania (+7,107), Indiana (+6,622), and Florida (+5,790), while the largest decreases were in New York (-18,019), Georgia (-7,278), Alabama (-2,639), Wisconsin (-2,577), and South Carolina (-1,810).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance January 18 January 11 Change January 4 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 326,000 325,000 +1,000 330,000 343,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 411,678 532,698 -121,020 485,473 436,955
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 331,500 335,250 -3,750 349,000 359,500
WEEK ENDING Advance January 11 January 4 Change December 28 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,056,000 3,022,000 +34,000 2,861,000 3,166,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,563,268 3,628,826 -65,558 3,290,122 3,711,100
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,939,000 2,908,000 +31,000 2,871,750 3,204,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.3% 0.0 2.2% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.8% 2.8% 0.0 2.5% 2.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
January 11
January 4
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 2,227 1,566 +661 2,354
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,449 1,745 +704 3,037

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
January 4
December 28
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,622,396 3,285,743 +336,653 3,857,246
Federal Employees (UCFE) 23,306 22,840 +466 22,071
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 31,591 31,024 +567 40,384
EUC 20083 0 1,350,663 -1,350,663 1,693,797
Extended Benefits4 113 148 -35 1,197
State Additional Benefits 5 5,615 3,812 +1,803 5,709
STC / Workshare 6 23,066 15,591 +7,475 39,078
TOTAL 3,706,087 4,709,821 -1,003,734 5,659,482

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

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED JANUARY 11, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -18,019   Fewer layoffs in the transportation and warehousing, food service, and educational services industries.
GA -7,278   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administration and support serivces, construction, accommodation and food services, and trade industries.
AL -2,639   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing industries.
WI -2,577   No comment.
SC -1,810   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MN -1,275   No comment.
OR -1,203   No comment.
KY -1,012   No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
TX +12,800   No comment.
CA +8,319   Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, wholesale trade service industries.
PA +7,107   Layoffs in the construction, and administrative support services industries.
IN +6,622   No comment.
FL +5,790   Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, and service industries.
MA +4,839   Claims return to expected levels after adverse weather conditions.
IL +4,256   Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and trade industries.
CT +3,806  

Layoffs in the educational services, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, and construction industries.

NC +2,992   Layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments, accommodations and food services, construction, administrative services, and trade industries.
PR +2,984   No comment.
MO +2,827   Layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, and administrative services industries.
MD +2,426   No comment.
AZ +2,170   No comment.
NJ +2,031   Layoffs in the construction, trade, health care and social service, and finance industries.
CO +1,403   No comment.
ME +1,311   Layoffs in the construction, accommodations and food services, and retail trade industries.
WV +1,183   Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food service industries.
UT +1,178   No comment.
NV +1,162   No comment.
NM +1,118   No comment.
LA +1,088   No comment.
AK +1,040   No comment.

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