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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-539-NAT

 

 

 

 

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May 21, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending May 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 631,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 643,000. The 4-week moving average was 628,500, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 632,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5.0 percent for the week ending May 9, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 9 was 6,662,000, an increase of 75,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,587,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,480,500, an increase of 131,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,349,500.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.071 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 536,588 in the week ending May 16, a decrease of 33,824 from the previous week. There were 319,694 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6 percent during the week ending May 9, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,189,434, a decrease of 2,110 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1 percent and the volume was 2,847,329.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending May 2.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,174 in the week ending May 9, a decrease of 44 from the prior week. There were 1,751 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 67 from the preceding week.

There were 15,868 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 2, a decrease of 553 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,542, an increase of 21 from the prior week.

States reported 2,268,367 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 2, an increase of 111,851 from the prior week. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending May 2 were in Oregon (7.4 percent), Michigan (6.9), Puerto Rico (6.6), Nevada (6.4), Pennsylvania (6.3), Wisconsin (6.2), Idaho (6.0), California (5.6), Alaska (5.5), New Jersey (5.4), and North Carolina (5.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 9 were in Michigan (+16,817), North Carolina (+3,783), Virginia (+2,871), Kentucky (+2,768), and Pennsylvania (+2,444), while the largest decreases were in California (-10,052), Wisconsin (-1,691), Kansas (-1,415), Oklahoma (-1,084), and Washington (-843).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 16

May 9

Change

May 2

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

631,000

643,000

-12,000

605,000

374,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

536,588

570,412

-33,824

537,539

319,694

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

628,500

632,000

-3,500

624,500

374,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 9

May 2

Change

April 25

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

6,662,000

6,587,000

+75,000

6,380,000

3,062,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

6,189,434

6,191,544

-2,110

6,283,844

2,847,329

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

6,480,500

6,349,500

+131,000

6,214,000

3,040,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

5.0%

4.9%

+0.1

4.8%

2.3%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.6%

4.6%

0.0

4.7%

2.1%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 9

May 2

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,174

1,218

-44

776

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,751

1,684

+67

1,457


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 2

April 25

Change

Year


Federal Employees

15,868

16,421

-553

11,171

Newly Discharged Veterans

28,542

28,521

+21

20,230

Railroad Retirement Board

10,000

10,000

0

2,000

Extended Benefits

88,882

85,057

+3,825

0

EUC 20083

2,268,367

2,156,516

+111,851

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 133,683,433 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 05/09/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-10,052

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

WI

-1,691

 

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

KS

-1,415

 

Fewer layoffs in the service, real estate, transportation, warehousing, and information industries.

OK

-1,084

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MD

+1,001

 

No comment.

LA

+1,291

 

No comment.

GA

+1,501

 

Layoffs in the trade and service industries.

AL

+1,690

 

Layoffs in the primary metals and transportation equipment industries.

MS

+1,943

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

OH

+2,082

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

TN

+2,154

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

IN

+2,265

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

MO

+2,427

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

PA

+2,444

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

KY

+2,768

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

VA

+2,871

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

NC

+3,783

 

Layoffs in the industrial machinery, furniture, lumber/wood, primary metals, transportation equipment, construction, and trade industries.

MI

+16,817

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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