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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report- December 14th
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Dec. 9, the advance figure for seasonally
 adjusted initial claims was 320,000, a decrease of 32,000
 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 352,000. The
 4-week moving average was 343,250, a decrease of 2,000 from
 the previous week's unrevised average of 345,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was
 1.8 percent for the week ending Dec. 2, unchanged  from the
 prior week's revised rate of 1.8 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment
 during the week ending Dec. 2 was 2,264,000, a decrease of
 21,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,285,000.
 The 4-week moving average was 2,276,000, an increase of 14,250
 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,261,750. 

UNADJUSTED DATA 
The advance number of actual initial claims under state
 programs, unadjusted, totaled 390,314 in the week ending
 Dec. 9, a decrease of 54,639 from the previous week. There
 were 318,175 initial claims in the comparable week in 1999. 
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.8 percent
 during the week ending Dec. 2, a decrease of 0.1 percentage
 point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for
 persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,228,185,
 a decrease of 105,286 from the preceding week. A year earlier,
 the rate was 1.7 percent and the volume was 2,050,291.
Extended benefits were not available in any state during the
 week ending Nov. 25.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian
 employees totaled 2,289 in the week ending Dec. 2, an increase
 of 441 from the prior week. There were 1,178 initial claims by
 newly discharged veterans, an increase of  414 from the preceding
 week.
There were 29,295 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI
 benefits for the week ending Nov. 25, an increase of 4,238
 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming 
benefits totaled 13,375, an increase of 1,927 from the prior
 week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Nov. 25
 were in Alaska (5.6 percent), Oregon (3.0), Washington (3.0),
 Arkansas (2.9), Illinois (2.7), West Virginia (2.7),
 Wisconsin (2.7), Idaho (2.6),  Montana (2.6), California (2.5),
 and Pennsylvania (2.5).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 2
 were in North Carolina (+28,631), South Carolina (+15,368),
 California (+14,086), New York (+11,505), and Pennsylvania (+10,237),
 while the largest decreases were  in Wisconsin (-14,930),
 Oregon (-1,957), Kentucky(-1,644), Iowa (-1,438),
 and Louisiana (-748).
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Advance    Prior1 
WEEK ENDING  Dec. 9  Dec. 2 Change Nov. 25  Year 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Initial Claims (SA)  320,000 352,000 -32,000 361,000 267,000 
Initial Claims (NSA)  390,314 444,953 -54,639 320,520 318,175 
4-Wk Moving Average (SA)  343,250 345,250 -2,000 344,000 282,000 
 Advance    Prior1 
WEEK ENDING  Dec. 2  Nov. 25  Change Nov. 18  Year 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,264,000 2,285,000 -21,000 2,325,000 2,105,000 
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,228,185 2,333,471 -105,286 1,838,780 2,050,291 
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,276,000 2,261,750 +14,250 2,240,250 2,117,250 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 1.8% 1.8% 0.0 1.8% 1.7% 
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2 1.8% 1.9% -0.1 1.5% 1.7% 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Prior1
 
WEEK ENDING  Dec. 2
 Nov. 25
 Change
 Year
 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Federal Employees  2,289 1,848 +441 1,819 
Newly Discharged Veterans  1,178 764 +414 1,265 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Prior1
 
WEEK ENDING  Nov. 25 
 Nov. 18 
 Change
 Year
 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Federal Employees  29,295 25,057 +4,238 19,749 
Newly Discharged Veterans  13,375 11,448 +1,927 14,194 
Railroad Retirement Board  3,000 3,000 0 3,000 
Extended Benefits  0 0 0 3 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FOOTNOTES 
SA - Seasonally Adjusted Data 
> NSA - Not Seasonally Adjusted Data 
1 - Prior year is comparable to most recent data. 
2 - Most recent week used covered employment of 126,084,568 as denominator. 




UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 12/02/2000 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
State Change  State Supplied Comment 
WI -14,930  Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries, and manufacturing. 
OR -1,957  No comment. 
KY -1,644  No comment. 
IA -1,438  No comment. 
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STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
State Change  State Supplied Comment 
OK +1,207  No comment. 
TX +1,459  Layoffs in the food, rubber/plastics, trade, and service industries. 
MS +1,495  Layoffs in the textile, apparel, furniture, and lumber/wood industries. 
VA +1,784  Layoffs in the electrical equipment and apparel industries. 
IN +2,176  Layoffs in the electrical equipment, service, and transportation equipment industries. 
FL +2,372  Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, manufacturing, and agriculture. 
WV +2,414  No comment. 
IL +2,674  Layoffs in the trade and service industries, and manufacturing. 
WA +3,367  No comment. 
AL +4,619  Layoffs in the lumber/wood, apparel, primary metals, and service industries. 
NJ +4,852  Increase due to the return to a five day workweek. 
MO +4,999  Layoffs in the construction, trade, service,  transportation, and rubber/plastics industries. 
MI +7,950  Layoffs in the automobile industry. 
GA +9,399  Layoffs in the carpets/rugs and textile industries.  
TN +9,695  Layoffs in the trade, service, paper, food, apparel, rubber/plastics, lumber/wood, transportation equipment, electrical equipment, and industrial machinery industries. 
PA +10,237  Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and transportation industries. 
NY +11,505  Increase due to the return to a five day workweek. 
CA +14,086  Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries. 
SC +15,368  No comment. 
NC +28,631  Layoffs in the construction, trade, textile, apparel, lumber/wood, transportation equipment, and fabricated metals industries.  

 

 

 
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