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 Economic Research and Analysis - Initial and Continued Claims
There are two components to the unemployment insurance claims data. The first component is initial claims. Initial claims measure how many job seekers are filing an unemployment insurance claim for the first time. The second component is continued claims. Continued claims indicate the number of job seekers that continue to receive the unemployment insurance benefit after their initial claim.
For the file week ending on 10/31/2015, initial claims jumped 1,541 to 3,342.  For the same file week, the less volatile initial claims four-week moving average increased 305 to 2,306.
For the same file week ending on 10/31/2015, continued claims rose 185 to 21,050.  The continued claims four-week moving average increased 62 to 20,931.
The following two charts illustrate changes in initial and continued claims from January 3, 1987, through October 31, 2015.  This data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s web site. To download a spreadsheet containing the data click here.  For data on other states or for more information on the data visit their website at http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims.asp.