Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending July 25, 2015

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—July 29, 2015

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 267,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 255,000. The 4-week moving average was 274,750, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 278,500.

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 18, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 18 was 2,262,000, an increase of 46,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 9,000 from 2,207,000 to 2,216,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,255,250, a decrease of 750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 2,250 from 2,253,750 to 2,256,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 230,430 in the week ending July 25, a decrease of 32,519 (or -12.4 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 43,528 (or -16.6 percent) from the previous week. There were 257,625 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014. The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.7 percent during the week ending July 18, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,248,140, a decrease of 5,336 (or -0.2 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 50,964 (or -2.3 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.9 percent and the volume was 2,524,006. The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 11 was 2,300,027, an increase of 21,802 from the previous week. There were 2,618,115 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 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,008 in the week ending July 18, a decrease of 148 from the prior week. There were 1,354 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 142 from the preceding week.

There were 10,284 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 11, an increase of 240 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 18,495, an increase of 733 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 11 were in Puerto Rico (3.8), New Jersey (3.0), Connecticut (2.7), Pennsylvania (2.6), the Virgin Islands (2.4), Alaska (2.3), California (2.3), Nevada (2.3), Rhode Island (2.3), and West Virginia (2.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 18 were in California (+1,948), Rhode Island (+382), and Idaho (+57), while the largest decreases were in New York (-21,082), Pennsylvania (-7,456), Illinois (-4,043), New Jersey (-3,941), and Texas (-3,174).

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