Unemployment Decreased by 10,000 Week of Jan. 11

In the week ending Jan. 11, 2020 the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 204,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 214,000. The four-week moving average was 216,250, a decrease of 7,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 224,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2% for the week ending Jan. 4, 2020 unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 4, 2020 was 1,767,000, a decrease of 37,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 1,000 from 1,803,000 to 1,804,000. The four-week moving average was 1,755,500, an increase of 10,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 1,744,750 to 1,745,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 336,892 in the week ending Jan. 11, 2020 an increase of 1,412 (or 0.4%) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 17,792 (or 5.3%) from the previous week. There were 344,479 initial claims in the comparable week in 2019. The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5% during the week ending Jan. 4, 2020 unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,247,293, an increase of 100,166 (or 4.7%) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 147,953 (or 6.9%) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.5% and the volume was 2,172,751.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Dec. 28, 2019  was 2,176,319, an increase of 372,523 from the previous week. There were 2,106,889 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 December 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 898 in the week ending Jan. 4, 2020 an increase of 143 from the prior week. There were 425 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 102 from the preceding week.

There were 10,957 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 28, 2019 an increase of 124 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 5,708, an increase of 426 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 28 were in Alaska (3.3), Connecticut (2.8), New Jersey (2.8), Rhode Island (2.6), Minnesota (2.4), Montana (2.4), West Virginia (2.4), Iowa (2.3), Pennsylvania (2.3), and Massachusetts (2.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 4 were in New York (+26,462), Georgia (+12,929), South Carolina (+5,290), Texas (+3,420), and Connecticut (+3,168), while the largest decreases were in New Jersey (-7,530), Iowa (-5,752), Michigan (-5,689), Ohio (-5,184), and Illinois (-4,758).