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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Sept. 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 455,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 445,000. The 4-week moving average was 445,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 440,000.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending Sept. 6, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.6 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 6 was 3,478,000, a decrease of 55,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,533,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,461,000, an increase of 29,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,431,250.
The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 3.031 million.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 380,170 in the week ending Sept. 13, an increase of 43,436 from the previous week. There were 261,971 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the
week ending Sept. 6, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number
for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,067,187, an increase
of 7,896 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.7 percent
and the volume was 2,242,616.
Extended benefits were available in Alaska and Rhode Island during the week ending Aug. 30.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 942 in the week ending Sept. 6, a decrease of 148 from the prior week. There were 1,695 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 61 from the preceding week.
There were 13,402 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Aug. 30, a decrease of 47 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 21,253, a decrease of 446 from the prior week.
States reported 1,387,879 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Aug. 30, an increase of 290,504 from the prior week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Aug. 30 were in Puerto Rico (5.3 percent), Michigan (3.5), New Jersey (3.4), Alaska (3.3), Pennsylvania (3.2), Oregon (3.1), California (3.0), Nevada (3.0), Rhode Island (3.0), and South Carolina (2.9).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 6 were in Louisiana (+2,251), Wisconsin (+1,510), North Carolina (+1,234), Kansas (+798), and South Carolina (+698), while the largest decreases were in Texas (-3,255), California (-3,238), New York (-3,238), Ohio (-2,321), and Missouri (-2,163).
|WEEK ENDING||Sept. 13||Sept. 6||Change||Aug. 30||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||455,000||445,000||+10,000||451,000||319,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||380,170||336,734||+43,436||358,730||261,971|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||445,000||440,000||+5,000||439,750||323,250|
|WEEK ENDING||Sept. 6||Aug. 30||Change||Aug. 23||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||3,478,000||3,533,000||-55,000||3,404,000||2,554,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||3,067,187||3,059,291||+7,896||3,097,585||2,242,616|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||3,461,000||3,431,250||+29,750||3,392,500||2,579,000|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||2.6%||2.6%||0.0||2.5%||1.9%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,695||1,634||+61||1,646|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||21,253||21,699||-446||21,409|
|Railroad Retirement Board||2,000||2,000||0||2,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 09/06/2008
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|TX||-3,255||Fewer layoffs in the service, information, and manufacturing industries.|
|CA||-3,238||Fewer layoffs in the service industry.|
|NY||-3,238||Fewer layoffs in the service and transportation industries.|
|OH||-2,321||Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|MO||-2,163||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|IL||-1,893||Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|KY||-1,873||Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|FL||-1,769||Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.|
|IN||-1,528||Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.|
|TN||-1,482||Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery, transportation equipment, rubber/plastics, trade, and service industries.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|NC||+1,234||Layoffs in the construction, furniture, and transportation industries.|
|WI||+1,510||Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.|
|LA||+2,251||No comment. Value estimated by state.|
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