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Unemployment Weekly Claims Report


In the week ending November 19, the advance figure for   seasonally adjusted initial claims was 393,000, an increase of 2,000   from the previous week’s revised figure of 391,000. The 4-week moving average   was 394,250, a decrease of 3,250 from the previous week’s revised average of   397,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending November 12, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 12 was 3,691,000, an increase of 68,000 from the preceding   week’s revised level of 3,623,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,671,500, a decrease of 2,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,673,750.


The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 437,049 in the week ending November 19, an increase of 74,214 from the previous week. There were 464,817  initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent during the week ending November 12,  an increase of 0.2 percentage points from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,362,820, an increase of 185,343 from the preceding week. A year earlier,   the rate was 3.1 percent and the volume was 3,871,043.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week   ending November 5 was 6,728,652, a decrease of 44,608 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama,  California,   Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine,       Maryland,    Massachusetts, Michigan,   Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon,   Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas,  Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending November 5.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled   2,425 in the week ending November 12, an increase of 296 from the prior week. There   were 2,399 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 366 from   the preceding week.

There were 28,322 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for   the week ending November 5, a decrease of 565 from the previous week. Newly   discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,149, a decrease of 923 from   the prior week.

States reported 2,896,629 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment   Compensation) benefits for the week ending November 5, a decrease of 38,837 from the   prior week. There were 3,801,294 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC   weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending November 5 were in Alaska (5.1), Puerto Rico (4.7),      Oregon (3.6),   Pennsylvania (3.5), Connecticut (3.4), New Jersey (3.4), California (3.3),    Nevada (3.2), Arkansas (3.1),  New Mexico (3.0), and South Carolina (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 12 were in Indiana (+2,251), Minnesota (+839),  Iowa (+745),  Connecticut (+541), and Puerto Rico (+274) while the largest decreases were in California (-9,382), Pennsylvania (-3,994), Texas (-2,831), Massachusetts (-2,223), and
New York (-2,161).


WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 19 Nov. 12 Change Nov. 5 Prior             Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 393,000 391,000 +2,000 393,000 416,000
Initial Claims             (NSA) 437,049 362,835 +74,214 402,532 464,817
4-Wk Moving Average             (SA) 394,250 397,500 -3,250 400,750 436,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Nov. 12 Nov. 5 Change Oct. 29 Prior             Year1

Ins. Unemployment             (SA) 3,691,000 3,623,000 +68,000 3,665,000 4,226,000
Ins. Unemployment             (NSA) 3,362,820 3,177,477 +185,343 3,210,417 3,871,043
4-Wk Moving Average             (SA) 3,671,500 3,673,750 -2,250 3,702,750 4,290,250

Ins. Unemployment             Rate (SA)2 2.9% 2.9% 0.0 2.9% 3.4%
Ins. Unemployment Rate             (NSA)2
2.7% 2.5% +0.2 2.5% 3.1%



Nov. 12

Nov. 5


Prior Year1

Federal Employees 2,425 2,129 +296 3,301
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,399 2,765 -366 2,194



Nov. 5

Oct. 29


Prior Year1

Regular State 3,168,697 3,200,997 -32,300 3,722,997
Federal Employees (UCFE) 28,322 28,887 -565 43,847
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 40,149 41,072 -923 42,006
EUC 20083 2,896,629 2,935,466 -38,837 3,801,294 Extended Benefits4 555,256 523,772 +31,484 863,470 State Additional Benefits 5 4,646 4,674 -28 4,377 STC / Workshare 6 34,953 38,392 -3,439 54,547 TOTAL 6,728,652 6,773,260 -44,608 8,532,538

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   126,188,733 as denominator.
3 – EUC weekly claims include first,   second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found   here:
4 –   Information on the EB program can be found here:
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:
6     – Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the   following link:



State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -9,382 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
PA -3,994 No comment.
TX -2,831 No comment.
MA -2,223 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
NY -2,161 Fewer layoffs in the construction, healthcare and social assistance, and manufacturing industries.
WA -1,473 No comment.
IL -1,454 No comment.
FL -1,433 Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, trade, retail and service industries.
MD -1,403 No comment.
OH -1,379 No comment.
NC -1,285 No comment.
MI -1,130 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
GA -1,101 Fewer layoffs in the trade, construction, healthcare and social assistance, and service industries.
VA -1,072 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AZ -1,035 No comment.
SC -1,013 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


State Change State Supplied Comment
IN +2,251 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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