11.25.2009 Policy Points

Unemployment Claims in NC: Week of 11/7

For the benefit week ending on November 7th, 17,184 North Carolinians filed initial claims for unemployment insurance, and 179,243 individuals applied for continuing insurance benefits. Compared to the prior week, there were fewer initial and continuing claims. These figures come from data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Averaging new and continuing claims over a four-week period — a process that helps adjust for seasonal fluctuations and better illustrates trends — shows that an average of 18,048 initial claims were filed over the last four weeks, along with an average of 180,045 continuing claims. Compared to the previous four-week period, both initial and continuing claims were slightly higher.

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One year ago, the four-week average for initial claims stood at 19,857 and the four-week average of continuing claims equaled 122,929.

The graph shows the changes in unemployment insurance claims (as a share of covered employment) in North Carolina since the recession’s start in December 2007.

Although new and continuing claims appear to have peaked for this cycle, the claims levels remain elevated and point to a labor market that remains extremely weak.

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