Department of Labor Releases Unemployment Numbers

The Department of Labor announced Oct. 3 that in the week ending Sept. 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 219,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 213,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,500, unchanged from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 500 from 212,000 to 212,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.1 percent for the week ending Sept. 21, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 21 was 1,651,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 6,000 from 1,650,000 to 1,656,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,661,500, a decrease of 5,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,500 from 1,665,750 to 1,667,250.

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 172,018 in the week ending Sept. 28, a decrease of 3,360 (or -1.9 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 6,869 (or -3.9 percent) from the previous week. There were 171,816 initial claims in the comparable week in 2018.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.0 percent during the week ending Sept. 21, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 1,380,426, a decrease of 19,116 (or -1.4 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 14,906 (or -1.1 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.0 percent and the volume was 1,395,338.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 14 was 1,423,845, a decrease of 64,756 from the previous week. There were 1,435,132 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2018.

No state was triggered “on” the Extended Benefits program during the week ending Sept. 14.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 570 in the week ending Sept. 21, an increase of 15 from the prior week. There were 499 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 31 from the preceding week.

There were 6,561 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Sept. 14, an increase of 104 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 5,722, an increase of 14 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Sept. 14 were in Puerto Rico (2.0), New Jersey (1.8), California (1.6), Connecticut (1.6), Alaska (1.5), Pennsylvania (1.5), the Virgin Islands (1.4), Illinois (1.3), and Massachusetts (1.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 21 were in Michigan (+4,258), Kansas (+1,475), Missouri (+1,224), Tennessee (+1,191), and Indiana (+796), while the largest decreases were in New York (-1,777), Georgia (-946), South Carolina (-854), New Jersey (-737), and Florida (-571).