Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending August 1, 2015

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—August 6, 2015.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 270,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 267,000. The 4-week moving average was 268,250, a decrease of 6,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 274,750.

There were no special factors impacting this week’s initial claims.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.7 percent for the week ending July 25, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 25 was 2,255,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 7,000 from 2,262,000 to 2,269,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,239,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,750 from 2,255,250 to 2,257,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 225,090 in the week ending August 1, a decrease of 5,133 (or -2.2 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 7,745 (or -3.4 percent) from the previous week. There were 247,877 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014. The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent during the week ending July 25, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,211,871, a decrease of 43,818 (or -1.9 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 29,501 (or -1.3 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.9 percent and the volume was 2,481,360.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 18 was 2,301,676, an increase of 1,649 from the previous week. There were 2,576,492 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 July 18.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 953 in the week ending July 25, a decrease of 55 from the prior week. There were 1,325 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 29 from the preceding week.

There were 10,304 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 18, an increase of 20 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 18,337, a decrease of 158 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 18 were in Puerto Rico (3.9), New Jersey (3.0), Connecticut (2.7), Pennsylvania (2.7), Alaska (2.4), California (2.4), Nevada (2.3), Rhode Island (2.3), Illinois (2.2), and the Virgin Islands (2.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 25 were in Kansas (+481), West Virginia (+87), Mississippi (+59), Vermont (+55), and New Jersey (+20), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-4,003), California (-3,862), Georgia (-2,690), New York (-2,480), and Pennsylvania (-1,925).

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