Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending January 28, 2012

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–February 2, 2012. 

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 367,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 379,000. The 4-week moving average was 375,750, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 377,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent for the week ending January 21, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 21, was 3,437,000, a decrease of 130,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,567,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,527,500, a decrease of 43,000 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,570,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 415,094 in the week ending January 28, a decrease of 1,786 from the previous week. There were 464,775 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.2 percent during the week ending January 21, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,042,107, a decrease of 27,544 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.7 percent and the volume was 4,632,950.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 14 was 7,670,452, an increase of 345 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending January 14.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,172 in the week ending January 21, a decrease of 115 from the prior week. There were 2,448 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 596 from the preceding week.

There were 30,962 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 14, an increase of 168 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,496, a decrease of 550 from the prior week.

States reported 3,022,925 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 14, an increase of 100,392 from the prior week. There were 3,656,624 claimants 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 January 14 were in Alaska (6.7), Pennsylvania (5.0), Montana (4.7),Wisconsin (4.7), Oregon (4.6), Idaho (4.5), Illinois (4.4), Puerto Rico (4.4), New Jersey (4.3), and Rhode Island (4.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 21 were in Washington (+1,616), Puerto Rico (+1,589), Oklahoma (+398) while the largest decreases were in California (-20,698), New York (-9,433), Pennsylvania (-8,481), Michigan (-6,812), and North Carolina (-4,875). 

Source: dol.gov