Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Eastern Region Initial Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims

A full 13 weeks of third-quarter initial weekly unemployment insurance (UI) claims data have come in for Utah’s eastern counties – Duchesne, Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan and Uintah. Initial weekly UI claims for Daggett County were not provided because of its relatively small workforce. The third-quarter weekly average of county UI claims are provided for each year from 2007 to 2013.

Of the six eastern counties provided, two (Carbon and Emery) have lower average weekly UI claims in third quarter of 2013 compared to 2012. Two counties (Duchesne and Grand) show about the same average level of third-quarter UI claims. The remaining two counties (San Juan and Uintah) show higher average third-quarter UI weekly claims in 2013 than in 2012. All six counties in 2013 have lower average weekly claims than during the Great Recession highs, though Uintah County average third-quarter initial weekly claims have been increasing over the last three years.

Third quarter initial UI claims for Duchesne came primarily from administration and support, waste management and remedial services, construction, health care and social assistance, and trade (wholesale and retail). For Grand, claims were primarily from accommodations and food services and construction.

Uintah’s year-over increase in weekly UI claims during the 3rd quarter of 2013 are due primarily to increased claims within accommodations and food services, health care and social services, and retail and wholesale trade. The industry primarily responsible for San Juan’s year-over increase in UI claims for 2013 is administration, support, waste management and remediation services.

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