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About Unemployment Insurance Statistics

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Description: Unemployment Insurance Statistics detail demographic characteristics of initial claims for unemployment insurance as well as program statistics. Information available includes statistics on occupation, industry, education level, race, sex and region of claimants.

Data source: Administrative data is collected as claimants file for unemployment insurance benefits. Data is then edited and compiled for research and analysis purposes.

National data: workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/finance.asp

What can it provide for you?

  • An indication of how the economy is doing.
  • Identification of mass layoffs.
  • The average duration of unemployment claims by occupation, age and location.

How is the data formatted? Viewable tables

Definitions: To qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, applicants must have earned sufficient wage credits and must be unemployed through no fault of their own, available to work and actively seeking suitable employment. Not every unemployed worker applies for unemployment insurance benefits. Therefore, the UI statistics capture only one segment of all unemployed workers.

Program notes: Unemployment insurance provides short-term benefits to workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Benefits are paid from a fund supported by taxes paid by employers (based on payroll)

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