Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending Dec. 26, 2015

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—December 31, 2015

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 287,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 267,000. The 4-week moving average was 277,000, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 272,500.

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

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending December 19, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 19 was 2,198,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 2,195,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,220,250, an increase of 9,250 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 2,211,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 346,619 in the week ending December 26, an increase of 26,978 (or 8.4 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 2,134 (or 0.7 percent) from the previous week. There were 389,757 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent during the week ending December 19, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,185,160, a decrease of 101,565 (or -4.4 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 105,339 (or -4.6 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.8 percent and the volume was 2,352,296.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 12 was 2,336,519, an increase of 80,311 from the previous week. There were 2,541,033 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 December 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,381 in the week ending December 19, an increase of 200 from the prior week. There were 1,205 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 46 from the preceding week.

There were 14,969 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 12, an increase of 1,223 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 17,337, an increase of 634 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 12 were in Alaska (4.8), Puerto Rico (2.9), Montana (2.8), New Jersey (2.7), Pennsylvania (2.7), West Virginia (2.6), California (2.5), Illinois (2.4), Wyoming (2.4), Connecticut (2.3), and Nevada (2.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 19 were in Virginia (+2,047), Illinois (+1,954), Iowa (+1,128), Kentucky (+1,116), and Kansas (+1,076), while the largest decreases were in California (-2,903), Michigan (-2,586), Pennsylvania (-1,280), Texas (-1,152), and New York (-1,119).

Source: www.dol.gov

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