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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-220-NAT

 

 

 

 

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March 5, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Feb. 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 639,000, a decrease of 31,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 670,000. The 4-week moving average was 641,750, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 639,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.8 percent for the week ending Feb. 21, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.8 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb. 21 was 5,106,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,120,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,011,000, an increase of 76,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,934,250.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 4.501 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 640,601 in the week ending Feb. 28, an increase of 34,933 from the previous week. There were 345,165 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6 percent during the week ending Feb. 21, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,209,294, an increase of 100,896 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,380,987.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island during the week ending Feb. 14.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,141 in the week ending Feb. 21, a decrease of 103 from the prior week. There were 1,738 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 203 from the preceding week.

There were 20,002 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Feb. 14, an increase of 443 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,909, a decrease of 220 from the prior week.

States reported 1,432,919 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Feb. 14, an increase of 39,085 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Feb. 14 were in Michigan (8.2 percent), Oregon (7.3), Idaho (7.1), Pennsylvania (6.7), Wisconsin (6.5), Rhode Island (6.2), Alaska (6.0), Nevada (6.0), Montana (5.8), and Puerto Rico (5.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Feb. 21 were in Illinois (+3,791), Massachusetts (+3,438), Missouri (+3,027), Ohio (+2,731), and California (+2,677), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-3,586), Virginia (-3,490), New York (-3,420), Michigan (-3,373), and New Jersey (-2,266).

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 28

Feb. 21

Change

Feb. 14

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

639,000

670,000

-31,000

631,000

344,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

640,601

605,668

+34,933

619,951

345,165

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

641,750

639,750

+2,000

620,000

346,000

Advance Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 21

Feb. 14

Change

Feb. 7

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

5,106,000

5,120,000

-14,000

4,998,000

2,808,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

6,209,294

6,108,398

+100,896

5,972,146

3,380,987

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

5,011,000

4,934,250

+76,750

4,843,000

2,755,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.8%

3.8%

0.0

3.7%

2.1%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.6%

4.6%

0.0

4.5%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 21

Feb. 14

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,141

1,244

-103

853

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,738

1,941

-203

1,293


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 14

Feb. 7

Change

Year


Federal Employees

20,002

19,559

+443

17,119

Newly Discharged Veterans

27,909

28,129

-220

22,596

Railroad Retirement Board

8,000

8,000

0

4,000

Extended Benefits

2,766

2,710

+56

0

EUC 2008

1,432,919

1,393,834

+39,085

0


FOOTNOTES
SA - Seasonally Adjusted Data
NSA - Not Seasonally Adjusted Data
1 - Prior year is comparable to most recent data.
2 - Most recent week used covered employment of 133,886,830 as denominator.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 02/21/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

-3,586

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

VA

-3,490

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

NY

-3,420

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and trade industries.

MI

-3,373

 

Fewer layoffs were reported throughout all industries.

NJ

-2,266

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

NC

-1,960

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment industry.

IN

-1,892

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

SC

-1,762

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

OR

-1,461

 

No comment.

KY

-1,263

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

KS

-1,162

 

No comment.

MN

-1,029

 

No comment.

TX

-1,022

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NM

+1,131

 

No comment.

OK

+1,217

 

No comment.

IA

+1,222

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

CT

+2,188

 

Increase is seasonal, school closings related.

CA

+2,677

 

No comment.

OH

+2,731

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MO

+3,027

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

MA

+3,438

 

Increase is seasonal, school closings related. Also layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IL

+3,791

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current