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U.S. Department of Labor
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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 February 20, 2014
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 336,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 339,000. The 4-week moving average was 338,500, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 336,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending February 8, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 8 was 2,981,000, an increase of 37,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,944,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,959,750, a decrease of 6,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,966,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 323,151 in the week ending February 15, a decrease of 35,008 from the previous week. There were 351,026 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending February 8, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,440,333, a decrease of 12,426 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,668,711.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 1 was 3,525,006, an increase of 7,100 from the previous week. There were 5,581,677 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 February 1.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,198 in the week ending February 8, a decrease of 176 from the prior week. There were 2,108 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 192 from the preceding week.

There were 21,505 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 1, a decrease of 1,568 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 29,681, a decrease of 958 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending February 1 were in Alaska (5.8), Pennsylvania (4.2), Rhode Island (4.0), Connecticut (3.9), New Jersey (3.9), Wisconsin (3.8), California (3.7), Montana (3.7), Illinois (3.6), Puerto Rico (3.5), West Virginia (3.5), and Massachusetts (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 8 were in Georgia (+7,229), North Carolina (+1,347), South Carolina (+1,292), Alabama (+1,191), and California (+1,145), while the largest decreases were in New York (-2,721), Ohio (-2,348), New Jersey (-2,035), Connecticut (-1,149), and New Hampshire (-1,146).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance February 15 February 8 Change February 1 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 336,000 339,000 -3,000 331,000 366,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 323,151 358,159 -35,008 355,186 351,026
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 338,500 336,750 +1,750 333,250 362,250
WEEK ENDING Advance February 8 February 1 Change January 25 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,981,000 2,944,000 +37,000 2,966,000 3,163,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,440,333 3,452,759 -12,426 3,443,443 3,668,711
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,959,750 2,966,250 -6,500 2,985,750 3,182,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.2% +0.1 2.3% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 2.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
February 8
February 1
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,198 1,374 -176 1,419
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,108 1,916 +192 2,524

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
February 1
January 25
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,447,377 3,438,666 +8,711 3,658,720
Federal Employees (UCFE) 21,505 23,073 -1,568 22,279
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 29,681 30,639 -958 39,610
Extended Benefits3 79 51 +28 1,000
State Additional Benefits 4 9,188 8,427 +761 6,868
STC / Workshare 5 17,176 17,050 +126 34,144
STC / TOTAL6 3,525,006 3,517,906 +7,100 5,581,677

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
6Prior year total includes EUCclaimants.

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED FEBRUARY 8, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -2,721   Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and retail trade industries.
OH -2,348   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ -2,035   Fewer layoffs in the construction, adminstrative support services, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, and nonclassifiable industires.
CT -1,149   No comment.
NH -1,146   No comment.
PA -1,117   Fewer layoffs in the construction, retail trade, and adminstrative and support services industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
GA +7,229   Layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, adminstrative and support services, trade, and health care and social assistance industries.
NC +1,347   Layoffs in the nonclassifiable and business service industries.
SC +1,292   Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL +1,191   Layoffs in the construction, administrative and support services, and manufacturing industries.
CA +1,145   No comment.
KS +1,035   No comment.
WA +1,019   Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, construction, and information industries.

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