Unemployment Insurance Claims Data

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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: December 21, 2021



Graphical Display of California Change in UI Claims

November 2021
In November 2021, 234,790 initial unemployment insurance claims were filed and 1,563,172 total weeks were paid in California. Adjusting for seasonality 243,558 initial claims were filed and 1,775,525 weeks paid.


Month over Changes
Initial claims decreased 13,125 (5.1 percent) and weeks paid were down 301,623 (14.5 percent) in November, both seasonally adjusted.


Year over Changes
Initial claims decreased 438,691 (65.1 percent) and weeks paid were down 3,964,172 (71.7 percent) from November 2020. 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 were down over the month 13,125 (5.1 percent), while over the year the initial claims were down 438,691 (65.1 percent). The November 2021 year over decrease was the 9th decrease since the new period in unemployment claims began in March 2020. Weeks paid decreased by 301,623 (14.5 percent) over the month, and decreased by 3,964,172 (71.7 percent) since November 2020. November 2021 was the 8th year-over decrease in weeks paid since the new unemployment claims period began in March 2020. November 2021 marks the eighteenth month where claims related to COVID-19 have been represented.

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.