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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-0817-NAT

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May 3, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 365,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 392,000. The 4-week moving average was 383,500, an increase of 750 from the previous week's revised average of 382,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending April 21, unchanged from the prior week.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 21 was 3,276,000, a decrease of 53,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,329,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,297,000, a decrease of 18,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,315,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 330,475 in the week ending April 28, a decrease of 40,158 from the previous week. There were 415,974 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending April 21, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.7. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,278,885, a decrease of 146,442 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,769,810.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 14 was 6,597,492, a decrease of 85,523 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia during the week ending April 14.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,209 in the week ending April 21, an increase of 20 from the prior week. There were 2,425 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 76 from the preceding week.

There were 19,980 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 14, a decrease of 1,366 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,639, an increase of 67 from the prior week.

States reported 2,724,432 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 14, a decrease of 4,772 from the prior week. There were 3,447,542 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 April 14 were in Alaska (5.6), Puerto Rico (4.2), New Jersey (3.9), Oregon (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.9), California (3.8), Connecticut (3.5),Wisconsin (3.5), Illinois ( 3.4), and Rhode Island (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 21 were in New York (+15,467), Massachusetts (+4,336), Connecticut (+1,776), Puerto Rico (+1,264), and Rhode Island (+1,163), while the largest decreases were in New Jersey (-5,748), Pennsylvania (-3,080), Wisconsin (-1,841),
Ohio (-1,798) and Alabama (-1,444).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance April 28

April 21

Change

April 14

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

365,000

392,000

-27,000

389,000

464,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

330,475

370,633

-40,158

370,482

415,974

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

383,500

382,750

+750

375,500

430,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance April 21

April 14

Change

April 7

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,276,000

3,329,000

-53,000

3,312,000

3,766,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,278,885

3,425,327

-146,442

3,447,774

3,769,810

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,297,000

3,315,250

-18,250

3,321,500

3,736,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.7%

-0.1

2.7%

3.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 21

April 14

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,209

1,189

+20

1,413

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,425

2,349

+76

2,076


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 14

April 7

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,416,421

3,438,362

-21,941

3,771,511

Federal Employees (UCFE)

19,980

21,346

-1,366

29,777

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

40,639

40,572

+67

37,513

EUC 20083

2,724,432

2,729,204

-4,772

3,447,542

Extended Benefits4

354,883

412,411

-57,528

674,171

State Additional Benefits 5

4,860

4,483

+377

6,552

STC / Workshare 6

36,277

36,637

-360

47,853

TOTAL

6,597,492

6,683,015

-85,523

8,014,919


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 127,048,587 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 04/21/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NJ

-5,748

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative, healthcare and social assistance, transportation and warehousing, accommodations and food service industries.

PA

-3,080

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, construction, entertainment, lodging, food service, healthcare and social service industries.

WI

-1,841

 

No comment.

OH

-1,798

 

No comment.

AL

-1,444

 

Fewer layoffs in the plastic and rubber manufacturing, textile, and administrative support industries.

GA

-1,440

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing and trade industries.

FL

-1,418

 

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

IN

-1,295

 

No comment.

CA

-1,057

 

No comment.

NC

-1,038

 

Fewer layoffs in non-classifiable establishments, textile, construction, business, amusements and recreation service, and furniture and fixture production industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

+15,467

 

Layoffs in the transportation, public administration, and educational industries.

MA

+4,336

 

Layoffs in the construction, administrative support, and manufacturing industry.

CT

+1,776

 

Layoffs due to schools vacations in prior week.

PR

+1,264

 

No comment.

RI

+1,163

 

Layoffs due to schools vacations in prior week, and in business industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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