Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending Sept. 28, 2013

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 3, 2013.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending September 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 308,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 307,000. The 4-week moving average was 305,000, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 308,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending September 21, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 21 was 2,925,000, an increase of 104,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 2,821,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,837,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 2,842,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 252,092 in the week ending September 28, a decrease of 3,018 from the previous week. There were 301,054 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent during the week ending September 21, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,518,557, an increase of 55,408 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2 percent and the volume was 2,821,233.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 14 was 4,002,455, an increase of 81,089 from the previous week. There were 5,088,619 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 September 14.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,032 in the week ending September 21, a decrease of 102 from the prior week. There were 2,150 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 4 from the preceding week.

There were 19,999 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending September 14, an increase of 976 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 31,705, an increase of 372 from the prior week.

States reported 1,470,027 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending September 14, an increase of 121,501 from the prior week. There were 2,143,049 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 September 21 were in Puerto Rico (4.0), Alaska (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Virgin Islands (3.0), New Mexico (2.9), Connecticut (2.8), Pennsylvania (2.7), California (2.4), Illinois (2.4), Nevada (2.4), Arkansas (2.3), and District of Columbia (2.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 21 were in Oregon (+489), New Jersey (+327), Massachusetts (+306), Colorado (+304), and Maine (+194), while the largest decreases were in California (-3,754), Georgia (-2,719), New York (-2,376), South Carolina (-1,516), and Washington (-1,178).

SOurce: dol.gov