Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending Jan. 17th, Jan. 22, 2015

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 22, 2015.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 307,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 316,000 to 317,000. The 4-week moving average was 306,500, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 2,000 from 298,000 to 300,000. 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 10, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 10 was 2,443,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 4,000 from 2,424,000 to 2,428,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,427,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 3,500 from 2,414,500 to 2,418,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 380,934 in the week ending January 17, a decrease of 148,530 (or -28.1 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 135,931 (or -25.7 percent) from the previous week. There were 416,116 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014. The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending January 10, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,887,741, a decrease of 101,503 (or -3.4 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 118,987 (or -4.0 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,487,905.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 3 was 3,049,661, an increase of 196,315 from the previous week. There were 3,688,285 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2014. No state was triggered “on” the Extended Benefits program during the week ending January 3.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,969 in the week ending January 10, an increase of 695 from the prior week. There were 2,034 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 659 from the preceding week.

There were 17,656 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 3, a decrease of 1,052 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 24,464, a decrease of 609 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 3 were in Alaska (4.5), New Jersey (4.0), Connecticut (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.7), Rhode Island (3.6), Wisconsin (3.4), Massachusetts (3.3), Montana (3.3), and Puerto Rico (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 10 were in California (+26,122), Texas (+12,312), Indiana (+6,158), Missouri (+6,151), and Illinois (+5,769), while the largest decreases were in New York (-2,433), Pennsylvania (-1,625), Oregon (-1,314), New Jersey (-841), and South Carolina (-802).

Source: dol.gov