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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL13-2082-NAT
   
   
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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 October 31, 2013
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 340,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 350,000. The 4-week moving average was 356,250, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 348,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending October 19, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 19 was 2,881,000, an increase of 31,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,850,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,878,750, a decrease of 10,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,888,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 317,580 in the week ending October 26, an increase of 6,064 from the previous week. There were 339,917 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent during the week ending October 19, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,523,509, an increase of 72,113 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2 percent and the volume was 2,837,543.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 12 was 3,896,214, an increase of 39,532 from the previous week. There were 5,035,367 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

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No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending October 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 14,423 in the week ending October 19, a decrease of 29,713 from the prior week. There were 2,154 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 837 from the preceding week.

There were 77,551 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 12, an increase of 32,741 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 32,106, an increase of 959 from the prior week.

States reported 1,318,237 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending October 12, a decrease of 6,730 from the prior week. There were 2,098,646 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 October 19 were in Puerto Rico (4.4), Alaska (3.9), Virgin Islands (3.4), New Jersey (2.9), California (2.7), Connecticut (2.7), District of Columbia (2.6), Pennsylvania (2.5), Nevada (2.4), Illinois (2.3), New York (2.3), and Oregon (2.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 19 were in Kentucky (+96), Maine (+49), Delaware (+45), Minnesota (+39), and North Dakota (+32), while the largest decreases were in California (-13,033), Pennsylvania (-3,240), Maryland (-3,222), Illinois (-2,897), and New York (-2,810).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance October 26 October 19 Change October 12 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 340,000 350,000 -10,000 362,000 367,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 317,580 311,516 +6,064 360,714 339,917
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 356,250 348,250 +8,000 337,500 368,750
WEEK ENDING Advance October 19 October 12 Change October 5 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,881,000 2,850,000 +31,000 2,882,000 3,247,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,523,509 2,451,396 +72,113 2,438,251 2,837,543
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,878,750 2,888,750 -10,000 2,881,500 3,256,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.2% 2.2% 0.0 2.2% 2.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
1.9% 1.9% 0.0 1.9% 2.2%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
October 19
October 12
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 14,423 44,136 -29,713 1,586
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,154 2,991 -837 2,817

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
October 12
October 5
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,444,712 2,432,733 +11,979 2,807,582
Federal Employees (UCFE) 77,551 44,810 +32,741 18,144
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 32,106 31,147 +959 39,718
EUC 20083 1,318,237 1,324,967 -6,730 2,098,646
Extended Benefits4 245 174 +71 35,741
State Additional Benefits 5 3,394 4,531 -1,137 5,841
STC / Workshare 6 19,969 18,320 +1,649 29,695
TOTAL 3,896,214 3,856,682 +39,532 5,035,367

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 130,396,096 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

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED OCTOBER 19, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -13,033 Fewer layoffs in the service, wholesale trade, and retail trade industries.
PA -3,240 Fewer layoffs in the professional, scientific and technical service, construction, healthcare and social service, and retail trade industries.
MD -3,222 No comment.
IL -2,897 No comment.
NY -2,810 No comment.
NJ -2,118 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, accommodation and food service, professional and technical service, trade, and construction industries.
VA -1,778 Fewer layoffs in the administrative and support service, and professional, scientific and technical service industries.
GA -1,395 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, healthcare and social assistance, and construction industries.
AZ -1,275 No comment.
OH -1,115 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
FL -1,053 Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.
MI -1,030 No comment.
WA -1,001 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    


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