Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending February 11, 2017

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—February 16, 2017

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 239,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 234,000. The 4-week moving average was 245,250, an increase of 500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 500 from 244,250 to 244,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending February 4, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending

February 4 was 2,076,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 1,000 from 2,078,000 to 2,079,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,080,250, an increase of 4,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 2,075,750 to 2,076,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 246,076 in the week ending February 11, a decrease of 13,637 (or -5.3 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 18,701 (or -7.2 percent) from the previous week. There were 258,380 initial claims in the comparable week in 2016.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.8 percent during the week ending February 4, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,463,679, a decrease of 19,110 (or -0.8 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 14,556 (or -0.6 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 2.0 percent and the volume was 2,657,981.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 28 was 2,526,820, a decrease of 11,449 from the previous week. There were 2,720,405 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2016.

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

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,084 in the week ending February 4, a decrease of 481 from the prior week. There were 983 initial claims file d by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 7 from the preceding week.

There were 13,774 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 28, a decrease of 1,001 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 12,042, a decrease of 260 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 28 were in Alaska (4.5), Montana (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Connecticut (3.0), Pennsylvania (2.9), Illinois (2.8), Rhode Island (2.8), Massachusetts (2.7), Puerto Rico (2.7), and West Virginia (2.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 4 were in New York (+909), New Jersey (+809), Minnesota (+263), Texas (+188), and Massachusetts (+101), while the largest decreases were in California (-8,361), Ohio (-2,947), Oregon (-2,680), Connecticut (-1,493), and Michigan (-1,232).

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