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: January 24, 2024



Graphical Display of California Change in UI Claims

December 2023
In December 2023, 191,953 initial unemployment insurance claims were filed and 1,525,741 total weeks were paid in California. Adjusting for seasonality 177,537 initial claims were filed and 1,507,351 weeks paid.


Month over Changes
Initial claims decreased 27,938 (13.6 percent) and weeks paid were up 9,146 (0.6 percent) in December, both seasonally adjusted.


Year over Changes
Initial claims decreased 1,885 (1.0 percent) and weeks paid were up by 333,783 (28.0 percent) from December 2022. 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 27,938 (13.6 percent), while over the year the initial claims were down 1,885 (1.0 percent). The December 2023 year over decrease was the 25th decrease since the new period in unemployment claims began in March 2020. Weeks paid decreased by 9,146 (0.6 percent) over the month, and increased by 333,783 (28.0 percent) since December 2022. December 2023 was the 25th year-over increase in weeks paid since the new unemployment claims period began in March 2020. December 2023 marks forty-sixth 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.