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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-0991-NAT

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May 17, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending May 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 370,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised figure of 370,000. The 4-week moving average was 375,000, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average of 379,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending May 5, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 5 was 3,265,000, an increase of 18,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,247,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,282,750, a decrease of 11,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,294,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 322,821 in the week ending May 12, a decrease of 18,259 from the previous week. There were 361,573 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending May 5, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,127,783, a decrease of 83,044 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,586,266.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 28 was 6,273,624, a decrease of 149,759 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and West Virginia during the week ending April 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,197 in the week ending May 5, a decrease of 7 from the prior week. There were 2,606 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 380 from the preceding week.

There were 17,695 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 28, a decrease of 1,814 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,689, an increase of 7 from the prior week.

States reported 2,666,007 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 28, a decrease of 22,150 from the prior week. There were 3,468,979 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 28 were in Alaska (5.3), Puerto Rico (3.9), California (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.6), New Jersey (3.5), Oregon (3.5), Connecticut (3.3), Rhode Island (3.2), Illinois (3.1), Nevada (3.1), and Wisconsin (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 5 were in Missouri (+2,569), New York (+2,276), Pennsylvania (+1,674), California (+1,613), and Texas (+1,229), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-2,599), Indiana (-1,735), Connecticut (-1,038), New Hampshire (-836), and Massachusetts (-668).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance May 12

May 5

Change

April 28

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

370,000

370,000

0

368,000

418,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

322,821

341,080

-18,259

333,476

361,573

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

375,000

379,750

-4,750

384,250

434,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance May 5

April 28

Change

April 21

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,265,000

3,247,000

+18,000

3,290,000

3,747,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,127,783

3,210,827

-83,044

3,292,997

3,586,266

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,282,750

3,294,500

-11,750

3,300,500

3,752,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.6%

2.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

May 5

April 28

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,197

1,204

-7

1,449

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,606

2,226

+380

2,470


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 28

April 21

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,201,525

3,283,672

-82,147

3,711,863

Federal Employees (UCFE)

17,695

19,509

-1,814

26,495

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,689

39,682

+7

37,186

EUC 20083

2,666,007

2,688,157

-22,150

3,468,979

Extended Benefits4

304,755

350,579

-45,824

640,042

State Additional Benefits 5

7,079

5,745

+1,334

28,542

STC / Workshare 6

36,874

36,039

+835

45,169

TOTAL

6,273,624

6,423,383

-149,759

7,958,276


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 05/5/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

-2,599

 

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

IN

-1,735

 

No comment.

CT

-1,038

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MO

+2,569

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NY

+2,276

 

Layoffs in the construction, professional, scientific, technical service, and finance and insurance industries.

PA

+1,674

 

Layoffs in the construction, entertainment, lodging, and food service industries.

CA

+1,613

 

Layoffs in the service industries.

TX

+1,229

 

No comment.

NJ

+1,095

 

Layoffs in the construction, retail, administrative, healthcare and social assistance, professional, technology, and accommodation and food service industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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