Notes on Frequently Requested Statistics.

The frequently requested statistics described here are values often used to evaluate program dynamics. They are generally derived or computer from other values, and wherever possible, we have indicated the method of computation, the data source, and any specific concerns that an analyst would need to know about. All users should be aware that in some cases, there are multiple data sources or computational methods that could be used. In addition, computational methods or data sources may traditionally have been used for certain purposes, while other computational methods or data sources were used for different purposes. The figures produced below will generally agree with those published in the UI Data Summary.



Average Weekly Benefit Amount:

Average weekly benefit amount is computed as the benefits paid for Weeks of total unemployment divided by weeks compensated for weeks of total unemployment. The reference to total unemployment in the definition indicates the exclusion of data for partial weeks. Compensation for partial weeks involes a claim for days within a wek, but not the entire week, and as a result, will generally result in a lower benefit amount, and downwardly bias the computed average. The values to compute this come from section B of the ETA 5159 and should use only those cells describing data for total unemployment.



Average Weekly Wage:
Average Weekly Wage is computed as total wages divided by covered employment. Covered employment is the number of employees who are covered by the Unemployment Insurance system and could potentially be eligible for benefits if they were laid off through no fault of their own. The data used to compute this statistic is reported to the states by employers as part of a normal wage and employment reporting process and is aggregated by the QCEW program at the Bureau of Labor statistics. Be aware that there are significant lags in the reporting of this data so the most recent value reported will generally be anywhere from three to six months prior to the current date.



Benefits Paid (Regular State Program):
Benefits paid in the regular state program is unemployment compensation paid to individuals under a state program, usually the first 26 weeks of benefits. This total will be for all weeks compensated in these programs, including partial payments. This total does not include UCFE or UCX, Trade, DUA or any sort of extended or Federal benefit program. All reported values are in dollars. The values to compute this come from section B of the ETA 5159



Benefits Paid (All Programs):
Benefits Paid in all programs is unemployment compensation paid to individuals under a state programs as well as Federal Programs. This includes the regular program (usually the first 26 weeks of benefits) as well as the Federal-State EB program, STC/Worksharing, and Federal programs enacted during recessionary periods such as EUC, TEUC and EUC 2008. Note that Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Trade Act benefits are not included in this total. This total will be for all weeks compensated in these programs, including partial payments. All reported values are in dollars. The values to compute this come from section B of the ETA 5159 foreach individual program.

First Payments (Regular State Program):
First Payments in the Regular State Program are counts of individuals for whom states have decided to make at least one Unemployment Insurance payment. This is the measure generally used as a proxy for new entrants to the system. The values to compute this come from section B of the ETA 5159. All reported values are in units of individuals and the data is for the regular program only. This total does not include UCFE or UCX, Trade, DUA or any sort of extended or Federal benefit program. Data for final payments in these other programs can be found at the same link to the 5159 data.

Final Payments (Regular State Program):
Final payments occur when a claimant receives a payment that reduces their account balance to zero in a particular program, and exhausts their entitlement in that program. For this reason, these are often referred to as benefit exhaustions. it is important to note that final payments do not indicate that the claimant has no remainnig UI eligibility, only that they have no more elgibility in the program in which they were claiming. Both first and final payments are recorded in each program on the ETA 5159 report. This is the measure generally used as a proxy for claimants who will be exiting a particular program, without obtaining employment. All reported values are in units of individuals and the data is for the regular program only. This total does not include UCFE or UCX, Trade, DUA or any sort of extended or Federal benefit program. Data for final payments in these other programs can be found at the same link to the 5159 data.

Weeks Claimed (Regular State Program):
Weeks claimed is the total number of requests for a week of compensation by UI clamiants who have eligibility. Most transactions in the UI system are conducted in units of weeks. The data presented here are aggregated to a calendar month, and include those transactions that took place within the month that is being reported. See the reporting instructions for the ETA 5159 report for clarification on this. The total includes data for regular state claimants, but does not include UCFE or UCX, Trade, DUA or any sort of extended or Federal benefit program. Data for weeks claimed in these other programs can be found at the same link to the 5159 data. The total will include weeks for which a waiting period or fixed disqualification period is being served. Interstate claims are counted in the paying state. The values to compute this come from section B of the ETA 5159

Weeks Compensated (Regular State Program):
Weeks compensated is the total number of requests for a week of compensation by UI clamiants that are paid by the state. Most transactions in the UI system are conducted in units of weeks. The data presented here are aggregated to a calendar month, and include those transactions that took place within the month that is being reported. See the reporting instructions for the ETA 5159 report for clarification on this, and specifically on the timing of the payments for reporting purposes. The total includes data for regular state claimants, but does not include UCFE or UCX, Trade, DUA or any sort of extended or Federal benefit program. Data for weeks compensated in these other programs can be found at the same link to the 5159 data. The values to compute this come from section B of the ETA 5159