Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending August 25, 2012

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–August 30, 2012.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 374,000, unchanged from the previous week’s revised figure of 374,000. The 4-week moving average was 370,250, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 368,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending August 18, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 18, was 3,316,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,321,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,321,500, an increase of 9,000 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,312,500. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 309,923 in the week ending August 25, a decrease of 1,864 from the previous week. There were 336,761 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending August 18, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,103,455, a decrease of 65,115 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,473,182.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 11 was 5,532,245, a decrease of 62,253 from the previous week.

Extended Benefits were only available in Idaho during the week ending August 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,291 in the week ending August 18, an increase of 145 from the prior week. There were 2,611 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 22 from the preceding week.

There were 17,558 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 11, an increase of 102 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,976, an increase of 489 from the prior week.

States reported 2,273,317 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending August 11, a decrease of 53,318 from the prior week. There were 3,118,042 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending August 11 were in Puerto Rico (4.4), theVirgin Islands (4.1), Pennsylvania (3.9), New Jersey (3.8), Connecticut (3.6), Alaska (3.6), California (3.4), Rhode Island (3.1), New York (3.0), and Nevada (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 18 were in Michigan (+2,383), Florida (+1,558), Colorado (+781), South Carolina (+774), and Texas (+517), while the largest decreases were in California (-5,549), Ohio (-1,379), Oregon (-1,098), Wisconsin (-539), and Virginia (-480).

Source: dol.gov