Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending January 26, 2013

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 31, 2013.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 368,000, an increase of 38,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 330,000. The 4-week moving average was 352,000, an increase of 250 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 351,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending January 19, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 19 was 3,197,000, an increase of 22,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,175,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,192,250, a decrease of 9,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,202,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 366,596 in the week ending January 26, a decrease of 70,429 from the previous week. There were 422,287 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending January 19, 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 3,656,964, a decrease of 54,066 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,058,236.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 12 was 5,914,983, an increase of 255,501 from the previous week. There were 7,655,224 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending January 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,878 in the week ending January 19, a decrease of 476 from the prior week. There were 2,740 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 297 from the preceding week.

There were 22,900 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 12, an increase of 829 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,094, a decrease of 290 from the prior week.

States reported 2,112,559 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 12, an increase of 418,762 from the prior week. There were 3,007,696 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 January 12 were in Alaska (6.9), Pennsylvania (4.5), New Jersey (4.2), Wisconsin (4.2), Connecticut (4.1), Montana (4.1), Puerto Rico (4.1), Illinois (4.0), Rhode Island (4.0), and Oregon (3.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 19 were in Florida (+1,157), Arizona (+295), and Vermont (+77), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-12,625), Texas (-10,448), North Carolina (-9,287), New York (-7,379), and Indiana (-6,069).

Source: dol.gov