Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending September 29, 2012

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 4, 2012.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending September 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 367,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 363,000. The 4-week moving average was 375,000, unchanged from the previous week’s revised average.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending September 22, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 22 was 3,281,000, unchanged from the preceding week’s revised level. The 4-week moving average was 3,285,250, a decrease of 12,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,298,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 298,743 in the week ending September 29, a decrease of 4,942 from the previous week. There were 332,394 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending September 22, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,815,352, a decrease of 26,169 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,165,909.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 15 was 5,088,612, a decrease of 85,386 from the previous week. There were 6,859,096 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending September 15.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,315 in the week ending September 22, an increase of 45 from the prior week. There were 2,510 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 400 from the preceding week.

There were 16,579 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending September 15, a decrease of 453 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,529, an increase of 411 from the prior week.

States reported 2,143,049 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending September 15, a decrease of 17,399 from the prior week. There were 3,027,447 persons claiming EUC 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 September 15 were in Puerto Rico (4.0), Alaska (3.5), California (3.2), Pennsylvania (3.2), New Jersey (3.2), Virgin Islands (3.1), Connecticut (3.0), Nevada (2.8), and Oregon (2.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 22 were in Mississippi (+3,314), Ohio (+1,975), Michigan (+1,179), Alabama (+823), and Kentucky (+372), while the largest decreases were in California (-13,527), New York (-3,773), North Carolina (-2,198), Indiana (-2,160), and Virginia (-1,969).  

Source: dol.gov