Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending Dec. 7, 2013

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–December 12, 2013.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 368,000, an increase of 68,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 300,000. The 4-week moving average was 328,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 322,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent for the week ending November 30, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 30 was 2,791,000, an increase of 40,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 2,751,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,793,500, a decrease of 4,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 2,798,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 461,422 in the week ending December 7, an increase of 146,241 from the previous week. There were 429,188 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending November 30, an increase of 0.4 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,961,497, an increase of 474,856 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,174,709.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 23 was 3,800,667, a decrease of 296,234 from the previous week. There were 5,641,066 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

No state was triggered “on” the Extended Benefits program during the week ending November 23.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,493 in the week ending November 30, a decrease of 907 from the prior week. There were 1,373 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 776 from the preceding week.

There were 18,209 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 23, a decrease of 2,200 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 29,041, a decrease of 2,989 from the prior week.

States reported 1,248,932 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending November 23, a decrease of 101,672 from the prior week. There were 2,194,253 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 November 30 were in Alaska (5.0), Puerto Rico (3.6), New Jersey (3.1), Connecticut (2.8), Pennsylvania (2.7), Virgin Islands (2.7), Montana (2.6), Oregon (2.6), Nevada (2.5), Rhode Island (2.5), California (2.4), and Illinois (2.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 30 were in Wisconsin (+4,420), Ohio (+2,597), Kentucky (+1,538), Massachusetts (+1,129), and New Jersey (+1,124), while the largest decreases were in California (-19,920), Texas (-7,284), Florida (-5,400), Pennsylvania (-5,145), and Nevada (-3,295).

Source: dol.gov