This week’s claims data covers the first period following the September 4 expiration for most of the federal pandemic benefit enhancements. In California, initial claims in the regular program for the week of September 11 were down 4.4% from the revised results for the prior week.
Total initial claims grew in California the week of September 4 while dropping in the rest of the nation.
Total initial claims fell in both California and the nation for the week of August 21.
Initial claims for the week of August 21 were little changed. The total continued rising slightly in California, while easing in the rest of the country.
Eight weeks into California’s reopening and three weeks before the federal benefit enhancements are scheduled to expire on September 4, total initial claims continue to rise in California while dropping in the rest of the country.
Seven weeks into California’s reopening, initial unemployment claims continue to rise in the state while dropping in the rest of the country.
Six weeks into California’s reopening, initial unemployment claims continue to rise in the state while dropping in the rest of the country.
Total initial claims rose sharply in California the week of July 24 while dropping more substantially elsewhere in the US. The US total fell to a new low for the pandemic period, while the California total was at its highest level since early April.
Total initial claims in California were basically unchanged the week of July 17. The total rose for the US as a whole due to a rise in the numbers in a few states, in particular resumption of PUA claims in Indiana as the result of court challenges to that state’s early phase-out of enhanced benefits in order to counter labor shortages and a sharp rise in regular claims in Michigan due both to the annual automotive shut-downs for retooling and slowing production due to supply chain blockages.
In spite of the state’s full reopening on June 15, total initial claims in California the week of July 10 continued rising over the past two weeks. Following a somewhat larger than usual adjustment to last week’s numbers, total initial claims for the US as a whole have remained essentially level over the past three weeks.
As the data begins to fully reflect the state’s full reopening on June 15, total initial claims in California the week of July 3 climbed back to levels previously seen the last three weeks of April.
Total initial claims for the week of June 26 saw only a slight dip in the number of claims processed. The total has been little changed since mid-April.
Total initial claims for the week of June 19 saw only a slight dip from last week’s jump in the number of claims processed.
In a reversal from last week’s results, total initial claims rose in the US and more sharply in California.
The number of total initial claims for the week of June 5 finally showed improvement in California, while continuing a longer term decline in the rest of the US.