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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-0766-NAT

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May 26, 2011

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending May 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 424,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 414,000. The 4-week moving average was 438,500, a decrease of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average of 440,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending May 14, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 14 was 3,690,000, a decrease of 46,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,736,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,742,250, an increase of 7,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,734,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 371,857 in the week ending May 21, an increase of 10,284 from the previous week. There were 410,778 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending May 14, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,520,413, a decrease of 65,853 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.4 percent and the volume was 4,411,435.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 7 was 7,739,572, a decrease of 196,976 from the previous week.

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, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia, during the week ending May 7.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,550 in the week ending May 14, an increase of 101 from the prior week. There were 2,482 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 12 from the preceding week.

There were 26,002 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 7, a decrease of 493 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,022, a decrease of 1,164 from the prior week.

States reported 3,411,860 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 7, a decrease of 57,119 from the prior week. There were 5,053,266 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 May 7 were in Alaska (5.5 percent), Puerto Rico (4.3), Oregon (4.2), Pennsylvania (4.0), California (3.9), Nevada (3.7), New Jersey (3.7), Connecticut (3.6), Illinois (3.6), Idaho (3.4), Rhode Island (3.4), and Wisconsin (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 14 were in Florida (+1,340), Georgia (+747), New Mexico (+415), Idaho (+282), and Hawaii (+236), while the largest decreases were in California (-6,828), Michigan (-6,740), New York (-2,569), Alabama (-2,093) and Wisconsin (-2,079).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance May 21

May 14

Change

May 7

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

424,000

414,000

+10,000

438,000

467,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

371,857

361,573

+10,284

397,737

410,778

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

438,500

440,250

-1,750

437,750

464,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance May 14

May 7

Change

April 30

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,690,000

3,736,000

-46,000

3,792,000

4,639,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,520,413

3,586,266

-65,853

3,723,271

4,411,435

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,742,250

3,734,500

+7,750

3,727,500

4,650,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.9%

3.0%

-0.1

3.0%

3.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.8%

2.9%

-0.1

3.0%

3.4%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

May 14

May 7

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,550

1,449

+101

1,500

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,482

2,470

+12

2,430


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

May 7

April 30

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,571,995

3,711,863

-139,868

4,451,098

Federal Employees (UCFE)

26,002

26,495

-493

17,960

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

36,022

37,186

-1,164

36,427

EUC 20083

3,411,860

3,468,979

-57,119

5,053,266

Extended Benefits4

633,946

640,042

-6,096

331,323

State Additional Benefits 5

6,744

6,814

-70

10,126

STC / Workshare 6

53,003

45,169

+7,834

81,607

TOTAL

7,739,572

7,936,548

-196,976

9,981,807


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 125,572,661 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 05/14/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-6,828

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

MI

-6,740

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

NY

-2,569

 

Few layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

AL

-2,093

 

Fewer layoffs in the food, construction, textile, and apparel industries.

WI

-2,079

 

No comment.

NC

-1,830

 

Fewer layoffs in the food, construction, leather goods, textile, and funiture industries.

WA

-1,459

 

No comment.

IL

-1,422

 

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

KY

-1,262

 

No comment.

MA

-1,148

 

No comment.

MO

-1,144

 

Fewer layoffs in the constrution and manufacturing industries.

TX

-1,118

 

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

PA

-1,071

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

+1,340

 

Layoffs in the consrtuction, manufacturing, and service industries, and agriculture.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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