Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending August 20, 2016

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–August 25, 2016

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 261,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 262,000. The 4-week moving average was 264,000, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 265,250.

There were no special factors impacting this week’s initial claims. This marks 77 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending August 13, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 13 was 2,145,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 2,175,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,155,250, an increase of 250 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 2,155,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 216,594 in the week ending August 20, a decrease of 2,929 (or -1.3 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 1,574 (or -0.7 percent) from the previous week. There were 226,649 initial claims in the comparable week in 2015.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent during the week ending August 13, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,060,961, a decrease of 22,920 (or -1.1 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 6,526 (or 0.3 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.6 percent and the volume was 2,163,709.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 6 was 2,122,964, a decrease of 25,731 from the previous week. There were 2,207,153 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2015.

No state was triggered “on” the Extended Benefits program during the week ending August 6.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 880 in the week ending August 13, a decrease of 352 from the prior week. There were 1,063 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 166 from the preceding week.

There were 8,410 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 6, an increase of 281 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 13,294, an increase of 244 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending August 6 were in Puerto Rico (3.3), Connecticut (2.7), New Jersey (2.7), Alaska (2.6), Pennsylvania (2.4), California (2.2), West Virginia (2.2), Rhode Island (2.1), Massachusetts (2.0), and Wyoming (2.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 13 were in Oregon (+1,321), Kentucky (+521), Virginia (+490), Oklahoma (+367), and Idaho (+104), while the largest decreases were in California (-1,677), Pennsylvania (-1,472), Ohio (-1,285), Puerto Rico (-800), and Wisconsin (-728).

Source: http://dol.gov

 

 

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