UNEMPLOYMENT INITIAL CLAIMS TICKED DOWN BY 2,000 FOR THE WEEK ENDING JAN. 11th

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job-huntThe U.S. Department of Labor reported for the week ending January 11 the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 328,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,000, a decrease of 13,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 348,500.

Arizona was among the states with over 1,000 new claims, and had 1,100 initial claims for the week of Jan 4th.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3% for the week ending January 4, an increase of 0.1% point from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 4 was 3,030,000, an increase of 174,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 2,856,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,908,750, an increase of 38,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 2,870,500.

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 534,431 in the week ending January 11, an increase of 51,190 from the previous week. There were 556,621 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8% during the week ending January 4, an increase of 0.3% point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,638,564, an increase of 354,387 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0% and the volume was 3,867,784.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 28 was 4,703,499, an increase of 508,309 from the previous week. There were 5,873,824 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

No state was triggered “on” the Extended Benefits program during the week ending December 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,569 in the week ending January 4, an increase of 372 from the prior week. There were 1,741 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 533 from the preceding week.

There were 22,811 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 28, an increase of 2,103 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,676, an increase of 2,111 from the prior week.

States reported 1,350,663 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending December 28, an increase of 63,626 from the prior week. There were 2,059,438 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 28 were in Alaska (6.2), New Jersey (4.0), Connecticut (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.6), Montana (3.5), Wisconsin (3.5), Oregon (3.4), California (3.2), Illinois (3.2), Idaho (3.1), Massachusetts (3.1), Michigan (3.1), Minnesota (3.1), New York (3.1), and Rhode Island (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 4 were in New York (+28,314), Georgia (+18,734), South Carolina (+9,632), Alabama (+6,782), and Texas (+6,638), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-17,635), New Jersey (-6,882), Massachusetts (-5,485), Ohio (-5,482), and Iowa (-4,212).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 11

Jan. 4

Change

Dec. 28

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

326,000

328,000

-2,000

345,000

350,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

534,431

483,241

+51,190

451,452

556,621

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

335,000

348,500

-13,500

358,750

365,250

 

WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 4

Dec. 28

Change

Dec. 21

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,030,000

2,856,000

+174,000

2,817,000

3,248,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,638,564

3,284,177

+354,387

2,844,723

3,867,784

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,908,750

2,870,500

+38,250

2,854,000

3,212,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.2%

+0.1

2.2%

2.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.8%

2.5%

+0.3

2.2%

3.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 4

Dec. 28

Change

Prior Year1

 

Federal Employees

1,569

1,197

+372

1,776

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,741

1,208

+533

2,378


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 28

Dec. 21

Change

Prior Year1

 

Regular State

3,279,798

2,841,070

+438,728

3,725,033

Federal Employees (UCFE)

22,811

20,708

+2,103

22,737

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

30,676

28,565

+2,111

39,142

EUC 20083

1,350,663

1,287,037

+63,626

2,059,438

Extended Benefits4

148

293

-145

1,143

State Additional Benefits 5

3,812

3,662

+150

5,083

STC / Workshare 6

15,591

13,855

+1,736

21,248

TOTAL

4,703,499

4,195,190

+508,309

5,873,824


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://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 – Information on the EB program can be found here: https://www.ows.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://ows.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://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED JANUARY 4, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

State Supplied Comment
MI

-17,635

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ

-6,882

Fewer layoffs in the educational services and public administration industries.
MA

-5,485

Fewer claims due to adverse weather conditions.
OH

-5,482

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, manufacturing, and retail trade industries.
IA

-4,212

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PA

-4,174

Fewer layoffs in the transportation and food service industries.
CA

-3,484

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
MD

-3,312

No comment.
KY

-2,152

No comment.
PR

-1,959

No comment.
IL

-1,190

No comment.
KS

-1,175

No comment.
VT

-1,153

No comment.
NH

1,066

Fewer layoffs in the educational services industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

State Supplied Comment

 

NY

+28,314

Layoffs in the transportation and warehousing, construction, and educational services industries.
GA

+18,734

Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, trade, transportation and warehousing, and health care and social assistance industries.
SC

+9,632

Layoffs in the manufacturing and administrative support services industries.
AL

+6,782

Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support, and retail industries.
TX

+6,638

No comment.
TN

+5,191

Layoffs in the administrative support, construction, and manufacturing industries.
VA

+3,825

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC

+2,710

Layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishment, business services, food services, and health care and social assistance industries.
MO

+2,646

Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and administrative services industries.
FL

+1,971

Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, retail trade, and service industries.
MN

+1,626

No comment.
WI

+1,514

No comment.
AZ

+1,111

No comment.
CO

+1,102

No comment.