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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-240-NAT

 

 

 

 

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March 12, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 654,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 645,000. The 4-week moving average was 650,000, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 643,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.0 percent for the week ending Feb. 28, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.8 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb. 28 was 5,317,000, an increase of 193,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,124,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,139,750, an increase of 124,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,015,500.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 4.533 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 648,363 in the week ending March 7, an increase of 2,536 from the previous week. There were 341,685 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.8 percent during the week ending Feb. 28, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,396,429, an increase of 165,349 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,340,432.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and Washington during the week ending Feb. 21.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,179 in the week ending Feb. 28, an increase of 38 from the prior week. There were 1,949 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 211 from the preceding week.

There were 19,152 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Feb. 21, a decrease of 850 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,722, an increase of 813 from the prior week.

States reported 1,414,439 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Feb. 21, a decrease of 18,480 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Feb. 21 were in Michigan (7.7 percent), Oregon (7.4), Idaho (7.2), Wisconsin (6.7), Rhode Island (6.5), Pennsylvania (6.3), Nevada (6.2), Montana (5.9), Alaska (5.7), Indiana (5.7), Massachusetts (5.7), New Jersey (5.7), and Vermont (5.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Feb. 28 were in New York (+16,481), California (+7,765), Oregon (+4,001), Georgia (+3,313), and Wisconsin (+3,006), while the largest decreases were in Missouri (-3,350), Massachusetts (-3,263), New Jersey (-1,973), Florida (-1,559), and New Mexico (-1,005).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

March 7

Feb. 28

Change

Feb. 21

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

654,000

645,000

+9,000

670,000

347,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

648,363

645,827

+2,536

605,668

341,685

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

650,000

643,250

+6,750

639,750

348,000

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 28

Feb. 21

Change

Feb. 14

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

5,317,000

5,124,000

+193,000

5,120,000

2,794,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

6,396,429

6,231,080

+165,349

6,108,398

3,340,432

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

5,139,750

5,015,500

+124,250

4,934,250

2,780,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

4.0%

3.8%

+0.2

3.8%

2.1%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.8%

4.7%

+0.1

4.6%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 28

Feb. 21

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,179

1,141

+38

881

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,949

1,738

+211

1,558


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 21

Feb. 14

Change

Year


Federal Employees

19,152

20,002

-850

15,389

Newly Discharged Veterans

28,722

27,909

+813

22,948

Railroad Retirement Board

9,000

9,000

0

4,000

Extended Benefits

3,862

2,766

+1,096

0

EUC 2008

1,414,439

1,432,919

-18,480

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 02/28/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MO

-3,350

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

MA

-3,263

 

No comment.

NJ

-1,973

 

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

FL

-1,559

 

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

NM

-1,005

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IN

+1,079

 

Layoffs in the automobile, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

PA

+1,209

 

Layoffs in the industrial machinery, transportation equipment, furniture, and trade industries.

MI

+1,828

 

No comment.

TN

+2,082

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

VA

+2,101

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NC

+2,640

 

Layoffs in the rubber/plastics, transportation equipment, electrical equipment, electronic equipment, and construction industries.

SC

+2,930

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WI

+3,006

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

GA

+3,313

 

Layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.

OR

+4,001

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, public administration, and manufacturing industries.

CA

+7,765

 

Layoffs in the trade and service industries.

NY

+16,481

 

Layoffs in the service and transportation industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current