Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending Jan. 10, 2015

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—January 15, 2015.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 316,000, an increase of 19,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 3,000 from 294,000 to 297,000. The 4-week moving average was 298,000, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 750 from 290,500 to 291,250.

There were no special factors impacting this week’s initial claims.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.8 percent for the week ending January 3, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week’s revised rate. The previous week’s rate was revised up by 0.1 from 1.8 to 1.9 percent. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 3 was 2,424,000, a decrease of 51,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 23,000 from 2,452,000 to 2,475,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,414,500, an increase of 11,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 6,000 from 2,397,000 to 2,403,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 528,476 in the week ending January 10, an increase of 99,660 (or 23.2 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 66,724 (or 15.6 percent) from the previous week. There were 534,966 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014. The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending January 3, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,983,695, an increase of 199,554 (or 7.2 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 262,328 (or 9.4 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,611,093.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 27 was 2,841,840, an increase of 435,146 from the previous week. There were 4,717,707 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013. No state was triggered “on” the Extended Benefits program during the week ending December 27. Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,243 in the week ending January 3, an increase of 222 from the prior week. There were 1,342 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 426 from the preceding week. There were 18,634 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 27, an increase of 2,106 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 24,969, an increase of 1,447 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 27 were in Alaska (5.0), New Jersey (3.4), Connecticut (3.3), Massachusetts (3.1), Montana (3.0), Rhode Island (3.0), Wisconsin (3.0), Pennsylvania (2.9), California (2.8), and Oregon (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 3 were in New York (+21,493), Georgia (+14,274), South Carolina (+8,955), Texas (+5,422), and Florida (+5,338), while the largest decreases were in California (-13,261), Michigan (-5,476), New Jersey (-3,852), Iowa (-3,542), and Massachusetts (-3,379).

Source: dol.gov