U.S. Jobless Claims Up Slightly Week of Aug. 10

In the week ending Aug. 10, 2019, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 220,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 209,000 to 211,000. The four-week moving average was 213,750, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 500 from 212,250 to 212,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2% for the week ending Aug. 3, 2019 unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Aug. 3, 2019 was 1,726,000, an increase of 39,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 3,000 from 1,684,000 to 1,687,000. The four-week moving average was 1,697,250, an increase of 9,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 750 from 1,687,250 to 1,688,000.

Unadjusted Data

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 186,028 in the week ending Aug. 10, 2019 an increase of 6,151 (or 3.4%) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 1,474 (or -0.8%) from the previous week. There were 180,038 initial claims in the comparable week in 2018.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2% during the week ending August 3, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 1,677,261, an increase of 11,994 (or 0.7%) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 25,308 (or -1.5%) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.2% and the volume was 1,678,892.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 27 was 1,690,723, a decrease of 16,544 from the previous week. There were 1,756,213 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 July 27.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 548 in the week ending Aug. 3, 2019, a decrease of 31 from the prior week. There were 577 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 64 from the preceding week.

There were 7,034 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 27, a decrease of 174 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 5,868, an increase of 421 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 27 were in Puerto Rico (2.5), New Jersey (2.4), Connecticut (2.1), Pennsylvania (1.9), California (1.8), Rhode Island (1.8), Alaska (1.6), Massachusetts (1.6), Illinois (1.5), and New York (1.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Aug. 3, 2019 were in Washington (+976), New Jersey (+940), Pennsylvania (+898), Texas (+650), and South Carolina (+565), while the largest decreases were in Illinois (-2,809), California (-2,397), Michigan (-685), West Virginia (-127), and New York (-115).