Unemployment Insurance Claims Data

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) monthly claims data are used in current economic analysis of unemployment trends in the Nation and in each State.

Initial claims measure emerging unemployment and weeks paid measure the duration and severity of unemployment.

The Data:

  • UI Claims Data are available from the US Department of Labor Web site. Weekly data are available from 1987 to present (not seasonally adjusted) and monthly from 1971 to present (not seasonally adjusted). Data do not include special UI programs.
  • Unemployment Rates and Labor Force for California and Los Angeles are available from 1976 to present (seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted) and all other areas from 1990 to present (not seasonally adjusted).
  • Click here to download seasonally adjusted data for California UI claims, 1978 to present.

Data and charts last updated: October 28, 2014



Graphical Display of California Change in UI Claims

September 2014
In September 2014, 192,728 initial unemployment insurance claims were filed and 1,491,852 total weeks paid in California. Adjusting for seasonality 225,639 initial claims were filed and 1,784,248 weeks were paid.

Month over Changes
Initial claims decreased by 7,602 (3.3%) from August and weeks paid increased by 179,839 (11.2%) both seasonally adjusted.

Year over Changes
Initial claims increased by 53,488 (38.4%) and weeks paid decreased 44,808 (2.9%) from September 2013. Note: Year over changes are measured using not seasonally adjusted data since comparing the same month the previous year is not subject to seasonal patterns.

Analysis
Seasonally adjusted, initial claims in September decreased 3.3% over the month and were up 38.4% over the year. The year over change was the largest increase since June 2009. However, September 2014 claims were 111,422 below the peak of 337,061 in May 2010. In September weeks paid were down 2.9% over the year, and have decreased year to year in 45 of the last 57 months since January 2010. Unemployment insurance claims continue to fall slowly as recovery from the Great Recession slowly takes hold in California.

California UI Monthly Initial Claims and Weeks Paid Charts:

The following charts are updated monthly using the most recent data available from the above sources.

Graphical Display illustrates a comparison of initial and continued unemployment insurance claims from January 1989

This chart illustrates a comparison of initial unemployment insurance claims and number of weeks paid from January 1978. For the purpose of this chart, data have been seasonally adjusted by the Labor Market Information Division (using the x12 software provided by the Census Bureau) and a Henderson-13 trend filter is used to smooth data.

Graphical Display illustrates a comparison of initial unemployment insurance claims, continued unemployment insurance claims and the number of unemployed persons.

This chart illustrates a comparison of initial unemployment insurance claims, number of weeks paid, and the number of unemployed persons. For the purpose of this chart, both initial unemployment insurance claims and weeks paid have been seasonally adjusted by the Labor Market Information Division (using the x12 software provided by the Census Bureau) and a Henderson-13 trend filter has been used to smooth data. Unemployed persons is measured monthly and seasonally adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program.

Contact Information:

For questions regarding not seasonally adjusted unemployment insurance claims, contact the Unemployment Insurance Policy and Coordination Division,
(916) 654-7401.

For all other questions, including seasonal adjustment of data, contact the Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division,
(916) 262-2162.

Note: Seasonal factors have been updated for the entire series beginning with the January 2012 data release.