Applications for unemployment insurance fell by a combined 9,000 in Florida, Georgia and Texas before seasonal adjustments, as those states recover from the hurricanes in late August and early September. Claims for Puerto Rico were estimated again and from the Virgin Islands surged to 1,039 from 68 as the islands cope with severe disruptions coused by Hurricane Maria.
The 4-week moving average was 268,250, a decrease of 9,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 277,750.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending September 23, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 23 was 1,938,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 2,000 from 1,934,000 to 1,936,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,947,000, a decrease of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 1,949,750 to 1,950,250.
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 23 were in Florida (+8,425), Michigan (+3,635), Georgia (+3,370), Kansas (+2,505), and Missouri (+1,377), while the largest decreases were in Texas (-8,283), Ohio (- 3,765), New York (-2,536), Oregon (-686), and California (-528).