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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-0430-NAT

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March 31, 2011

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Note: This week's release reflects the annual revision to the weekly unemployment claims seasonal adjusted factors. The historical factors from 2006 forward have been revised. The calendar year 2011 factors can be accessed at the following link: http://www.oui.doleta.gov/press/2011/033111.asp

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 388,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 394,000. The 4-week moving average was 394,250, a increase of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average of 391,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending March 19, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 19 was 3,714,000, a decrease of 51,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,765,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,765,250, a decrease of 32,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,798,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 354,301 in the week ending March 26, a decrease of 156 from the previous week. There were 412,710 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent during the week ending March 19, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,111,925, a decrease of 165,167 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.0 percent and the volume was 5,207,496.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 12 was 8,770,443.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, during the week ending March 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,566 in the week ending March 19, a decrease of 61 from the prior week. There were 2,110 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 208 from the preceding week.

There were 40,164 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 12, an increase of 725 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,651, a decrease of 477 from the prior week.

States reported 3,588,816 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 12, a decrease of 38,838 from the prior week. There were 5,891,783 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 12 were in Alaska (6.5 percent), Pennsylvania (5.1), Idaho (4.9), Montana (4.9), Puerto Rico (4.9), Rhode Island (4.9), Oregon (4.7), Wisconsin (4.7), New Jersey (4.6), California (4.4), Connecticut (4.4), and Illinois (4.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 19 were in North Carolina (+974), Missouri (+907), Tennessee (+474), Louisiana (+424), and Iowa (+334), while the largest decreases were in Illinois (-2,696), California (-2,150), Pennsylvania (-2,145), Ohio (-1,320), and Washington (-1,215).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 26

March 19

Change

March 12

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

388,000

394,000

-6,000

390,000

452,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

354,301

354,457

-156

371,721

412,710

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

394,250

391,000

+3,250

388,500

459,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance March 19

March 12

Change

March 5

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,714,000

3,765,000

-51,000

3,763,000

4,725,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,111,925

4,277,092

-165,167

4,296,805

5,207,496

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,765,250

3,798,000

-32,750

3,819,750

4,735,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.0%

3.0%

0.0

3.0%

3.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.3%

3.4%

-0.1

3.4%

4.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 19

March 12

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,566

1,627

-61

1,296

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,110

2,318

-208

2,269


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 12

March 5

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

4,262,025

4,284,468

-22,443

5,333,949

Federal Employees (UCFE)

40,164

39,439

+725

23,107

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,651

39,128

-477

36,339

EUC 20083

3,588,816

3,627,654

-38,838

5,891,783

Extended Benefits4

773,721

716,951

+56,770

157,745

State Additional Benefits 5

8,130

8,160

-30

1,863

STC / Workshare 6

58,936

50,271

+8,665

92,612

TOTAL

8,770,443

8,766,071

+4,372

11,537,398


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 125,560,066 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate and the extent of benefits can be  found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 03/19/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IL

-2,696

 

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

CA

-2,150

 

No comment.

PA

-2,145

 

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

OH

-1,320

 

No comment.

WA

-1,215

 

No comment.

OR

-1,105

 

No comment.

TX

-1,087

 

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

NY

-1,071

 

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

NJ

-1,031

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

None

 

 

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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