Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–February 16, 2012.
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending February 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 361,000. The 4-week moving average was 365,250, a decrease of 1,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 367,000.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent for the week ending February 4, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 4, was 3,426,000, a decrease of 100,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,526,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,492,500, a decrease of 8,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,500,750.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 361,928 in the week ending February 11, a decrease of 39,328 from the previous week. There were 424,400 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.1 percent during the week ending February 4, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,964,007, a decrease of 133,493 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.6 percent and the volume was 4,575,640.
The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 28 was 7,681,911, an increase of 18,304 from the previous week.
Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending January 28.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,581 in the week ending February 4, a decrease of 115 from the prior week. There were 2,893 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 50 from the preceding week.
There were 30,249 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 28, an increase of 435 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,902, a decrease of 62 from the prior week.
States reported 3,002,475 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 28, an increase of 16,568 from the prior week. There were 3,629,604 claimants 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 January 28 were in Alaska (6.6), Pennsylvania (5.0), Montana (4.8), Oregon (4.7), Idaho (4.6), Wisconsin (4.6), New Jersey (4.4), Rhode Island (4.4), Illinois (4.3), Connecticut (4.2), and Puerto Rico (4.2).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 4 were in California (+5,864), North Carolina (+1,211), Illinois (+761), Puerto Rico (+497), and Kansas (+445), while the largest decreases were in Washington (-6,294), Oregon (-3,831), Michigan (-2,551), Wisconsin (-1,438), and New Jersey (-1,266).