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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-0373-NAT

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March 1, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 351,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 353,000. The 4-week moving average was 354,000, a decrease of 5,500 from the previous week's revised average of 359,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent for the week ending February 18, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 18, was 3,402,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,404,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,444,000, a decrease of 12,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,456,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 331,906 in the week ending February 25, a decrease of 14,717 from the previous week. There were 353,797 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.1 percent during the week ending February 18, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,878,695, a decrease of 131,789 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.5 percent and the volume was 4,344,862.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 11 was 7,498,613, an increase of 11,933 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending February 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,269 in the week ending February 18, a decrease of 114 from the prior week. There were 2,462 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 58 from the preceding week.

There were 28,680 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 11, a decrease of 124 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,170, an increase of 149 from the prior week.

States reported 2,904,556 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending February 11, an increase of 1,347 from the prior week. There were 3,653,267 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending February 11 were in Alaska (6.5), Pennsylvania (4.9), Montana (4.7), Rhode Island (4.6), Wisconsin (4.6), Idaho (4.5), Oregon (4.5), Illinois (4.3), New Jersey (4.3), and Puerto Rico (4.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 18 were in Iowa (+438), North Carolina (+285), New Mexico (+81), Missouri (+56), and Washington (+21), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-2,121), Illinois (-1,772), Massachusetts (-1,537), California (-1,452),
and Michigan (-1,280).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance February 25

February 18

Change

February 11

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

351,000

353,000

-2,000

351,000

375,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

331,906

346,623

-14,717

365,014

353,797

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

354,000

359,500

-5,500

366,000

392,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance February 18

February 11

Change

February 4

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,402,000

3,404,000

-2,000

3,444,000

3,845,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,878,695

4,010,484

-131,789

3,984,885

4,344,862

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,444,000

3,456,250

-12,250

3,497,000

3,903,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.7%

2.7%

0.0

2.7%

3.1%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.1%

3.2%

-0.1

3.1%

3.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

February 18

February 11

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,269

1,383

-114

1,797

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,462

2,520

-58

2,293


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

February 11

February 4

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,997,789

3,974,003

+23,786

4,570,539

Federal Employees (UCFE)

28,680

28,804

-124

46,308

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

42,170

42,021

+149

40,570

EUC 20083

2,904,566

2,903,219

+1,347

3,653,267

Extended Benefits4

471,371

489,487

-18,116

850,372

State Additional Benefits 5

4,617

4,574

+43

8,186

STC / Workshare 6

49,420

44,572

+4,848

66,927

TOTAL

7,498,613

7,486,680

+11,933

9,236,169


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 126,579,970 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 paid, 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 02/18/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

-2,121

 

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

IL

-1,772

 

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

MA

-1,537

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, healthcare, and accommodation and food service industries.

CA

-1,452

 

No comment.

MI

-1,280

 

No comment.

NY

-1,221

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, retail, and food service industries.

NJ

-1,097

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, retail, construction, administrative service, healthcare and social assistance, and accommodation and food service industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

None

 

 

 

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