Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–December 1, 2011.
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending November 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 402,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 396,000. The 4-week moving average was 395,750, an increase of 500 from the previous week’s revised average of 395,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending November 19, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 19 was 3,740,000, an increase of 35,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,705,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,683,250, an increase of 8,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,675,000.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 370,616 in the week ending November 26, a decrease of 69,665 from the previous week. There were 412,922 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending November 19, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,152,577, a decrease of 222,737 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,665,787.
The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 12 was 7,005,495, an increase of 276,832 from the previous week.
Extended benefits were available in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, 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 November 12.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,353 in the week ending November 19, a decrease of 77 from the prior week. There were 2,774 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 375 from the preceding week.
There were 29,820 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 12, an increase of 1,498 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 43,018, an increase of 2,869 from the prior week.
States reported 2,972,894 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending November 12, an increase of 76,254 from the prior week. There were 3,944,168 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending November 12 were in Alaska (5.8), Puerto Rico (4.4), Oregon (3.9), California (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.7), New Jersey (3.6),Connecticut (3.5), Nevada (3.4), Arkansas (3.2), and South Carolina (3.2).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 19 were in California (+19,220), Pennsylvania (+6,596), New York (+5,284), Washington (+3,791), and Florida (+3,412) while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-1,881), Indiana (-1,474), Puerto Rico (-707), Maine (-197), and New Jersey (-128).