US seasonally adjusted claims for jobless benefits rose 1,000 in week ended Jan. 18 from previous week's revised figure to 326,000; four-week average down 3,750 from previous week's revised average to 331,500: Dept. of Labor

WASHINGTON , January 23, 2014 (press release) – In the week ending January 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 325,000. The 4-week moving average was 331,500, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average of 335,250. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending January 11, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 11 was 3,056,000, an increase of 34,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,022,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,939,000, an increase of 31,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,908,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 411,678 in the week ending January 18, a decrease of 121,020 from the previous week. There were 436,955 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending January 11, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,563,268, a decrease of 65,558 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,711,100.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 4 was 3,706,087, a decrease of 1,003,734 from the previous week. There were 5,659,482 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013.

No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending January 4.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,227 in the week ending January 11, an increase of 661 from the prior week. There were 2,449 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 704 from the preceding week.

There were 23,306 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 4, an increase of 466 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 31,591, an increase of 567 from the prior week.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired on January 1, 2014, and under current law no EUC payments will be made for weeks of unemployment after this date.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 11 were in Alaska (5.8), Puerto Rico (4.9), Pennsylvania (4.5), Connecticut (4.4), New Jersey (4.4), Michigan (3.8), Montana (3.8), Wisconsin (3.8), Rhode Island (3.6), California (3.5), Illinois (3.5), and Massachusetts (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 11 were in Texas (+12,800), California (+8,319), Pennsylvania (+7,107), Indiana (+6,622), and Florida (+5,790), while the largest decreases were in New York (-18,019), Georgia (-7,278), Alabama (-2,639), Wisconsin (-2,577), and South Carolina (-1,810).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING

Advance January 18

January 11

Change

January 4

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

326,000

325,000

+1,000

330,000

343,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

411,678

532,698

-121,020

485,473

436,955

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

331,500

335,250

-3,750

349,000

359,500

 

WEEK ENDING

Advance January 11

January 4

Change

December 28

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,056,000

3,022,000

+34,000

2,861,000

3,166,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,563,268

3,628,826

-65,558

3,290,122

3,711,100

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,939,000

2,908,000

+31,000

2,871,750

3,204,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.2%

2.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.8%

2.8%

0.0

2.5%

2.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING

January 11

January 4

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,227

1,566

+661

2,354

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,449

1,745

+704

3,037


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

January 4

December 28

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,622,396

3,285,743

+336,653

3,857,246

Federal Employees (UCFE)

23,306

22,840

+466

22,071

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

31,591

31,024

+567

40,384

EUC 20083

0

1,350,663

-1,350,663

1,693,797

Extended Benefits4

113

148

-35

1,197

State Additional Benefits 5

5,615

3,812

+1,803

5,709

STC / Workshare 6

23,066

15,591

+7,475

39,078

TOTAL

3,706,087

4,709,821

-1,003,734

5,659,482


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

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED JANUARY 11, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-18,019


Fewer layoffs in the transportation and warehousing, food service, and educational services industries.

GA

-7,278


Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administration and support serivces, construction accommodation and food services, and trade industries.

AL

-2,639


Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing industries.

WI

-2,577


No comment.

SC

-1,810


Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MN

-1,275


No comment.

OR

-1,203


No comment.

KY

-1,012


No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TX

+12,800

 

No comment.

CA

+8,319

 

Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, wholesale trade service industries.

PA

+7,107

 

Layoffs in the construction, and administrative support services industries.

IN

+6,622

 

No comment.

FL

+5,790

 

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

MA

+4,839

 

Claims return to expected levels after adverse weather conditions.

IL

+4,256

 

Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and trade industries.

CT

+3,806

 

Layoffs in the educational services, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, and construction industries.

NC

+2,992

 

Layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments, accommodations and food services, construction, administrative services, and trade industries.

PR

+2,984

 

No comment.

MO

+2,827

 

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

MD

+2,426

 

No comment.

AZ

+2,170

 

No comment.

NJ

+2,031

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, health care and social service, and finance industries.

CO

+1,403

 

No comment.

ME

+1,311

 

Layoffs in the construction, accommodations and food services, and retail trade industries.

WV

+1,183

 

Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food service industries.

UT

+1,178

 

No comment.

NV

+1,162

 

No comment.

NM

+1,118

 

No comment.

LA

+1,088

 

No comment.

AK

+1,040

 

No comment.

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