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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 2/7/2015, initial claims increased by 674 to 2,921.  For the same file week, the initial claims four-week moving average rose by 221 to 2,228.
For the file week ending on 2/7/2015, continued claims gained 134 to reach 17,082.  The continued claims four-week moving average dropped by 31 to 16,871.
The following two charts illustrate changes in initial and continued claims from January 3, 1987, through February 7, 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.