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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 February 13, 2014
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 331,000. The 4-week moving average was 336,750, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 333,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending February 1, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 1 was 2,953,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,971,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,969,750, a decrease of 17,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,987,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 358,914 in the week ending February 8, an increase of 3,727 from the previous week. There were 361,417 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending February 1, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,464,006, an increase of 14,387 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,667,052.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 25 was 3,524,188, an increase of 57,339 from the previous week. There were 5,918,175 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 25.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,374 in the week ending February 1, an increase of 159 from the prior week. There were 1,916 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 82 from the preceding week.

There were 23,095 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 25, an increase of 1,492 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,723, an increase of 164 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 25 were in Alaska (6.4), New Jersey (4.4), Rhode Island (4.1), Connecticut (4.0), Illinois (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.8), Montana (3.7), West Virginia (3.7), Wisconsin (3.7), California (3.5), Massachusetts (3.5), and Puerto Rico (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 1 were in Wisconsin (+5,041), New York (+4,830), Pennsylvania (+2,448), New Jersey (+1,853), and Ohio (+1,780), while the largest decreases were in California (-9,631), Georgia (-2,558), Indiana (-2,444), Michigan (-2,411), and Florida (-1,387).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Feb. 8 Feb. 1 Change Jan. 25 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 339,000 331,000 +8,000 348,000 348,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 358,914 355,187 +3,727 354,767 361,417
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 336,750 333,250 +3,500 333,000 356,500
WEEK ENDING Advance Feb. 1 Jan. 25 Change Jan. 18 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,953,000 2,971,000 -18,000 2,948,000 3,140,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,464,006 3,449,619 +14,387 3,396,296 3,667,052
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,969,750 2,987,000 -17,250 2,959,500 3,183,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.3% 0.0 2.3% 2.4%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 2.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Feb. 1
Jan. 25
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,374 1,215 +159 1,544
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,916 1,834 +82 2,695

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Jan. 25
Jan. 18
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,444,842 3,392,094 +52,748 3,735,696
Federal Employees (UCFE) 23,095 21,603 +1,492 23,522
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 30,723 30,559 +164 40,659
Extended Benefits3 51 32 +19 862
State Additional Benefits 4 8,427 7,270 +1,157 5,846
STC / Workshare 5 17,050 15,291 +1,759 30,215
TOTAL6 3,524,188 3,466,849 +57,339 5,918,175

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 - Information on the EB program can be found here: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
4 - 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
5 - 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
6_Prior year total includes EUCclaimants.

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED FEBRUARY 1, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -9,631   Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and services industries.
GA -2,558   Fewer layoffs in the administrative and support service, trade, accommodation and food services, manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing industries.
IN -2,444   No comment.
MI -2,411   Fewer layoffs in the wholesale trade industries.
FL -1,387   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, and services industries.
OR -1,179   No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
WI +5,041   No comment.
NY +4,830   Layoffs in the construction, transportation and warehousing, health care and social assistance industries.
PA +2,448   Layoffs in the transportation and construction industries.
NJ +1,853   Layoffs in the construction, administrative and support services, retail trade, accommodation and food service, healthcare and social assistance, transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
OH +1,780   Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

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