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March 28, 2013

   

Note: This week's release reflects the annual revision to the weekly unemployment claims seasonal adjustment factors. The seasonal adjustment factors used for the UI Weekly Claims data from 2008 forward, along with the resulting seasonally adjusted values for initial claims and continuing claims, have been revised.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 357,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 341,000. The 4-week moving average was 343,000, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 340,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending March 16, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 16 was 3,050,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,077,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,072,500, a decrease of 13,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,085,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 315,657 in the week ending March 23, an increase of 14,706 from the previous week. There were 323,373 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending March 16, 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 3,379,090, a decrease of 82,403 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,461,493. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,699,473.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 9 was 5,455,757, an increase of 86,750 from the previous week. There were 7,158,470 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending March 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,176 in the week ending March 16, an increase of 99 from the prior week. There were 2,270 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 219 from the preceding week.

There were 20,331 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 9, a decrease of 386 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,323, an increase of 32 from the prior week.

States reported 1,906,324 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 9, an increase of 125,481 from the prior week. There were 2,812,666 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 9 were in Alaska (5.8), Puerto Rico (4.5), Rhode Island (4.1), New Jersey (4.0), Connecticut (3.9), Montana (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.9), Wisconsin (3.8), California (3.7), and Massachusetts (3.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 16 were in California (+3,007), Virginia (+1,165), Mississippi (+485), North Dakota (+54), and Puerto Rico (+38), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-2,497), New York (-2,116), Georgia (-2,023), North Carolina (-1,340), and Ohio (-1,192).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 23

March 16

Change

March 9

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

357,000

341,000

+16,000

334,000

363,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

315,657

300,951

+14,706

317,526

323,373

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

343,000

340,750

+2,250

347,000

367,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance March 16

March 9

Change

March 2

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,050,000

3,077,000

-27,000

3,058,000

3,372,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,379,090

3,461,493

-82,403

3,501,920

3,699,473

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,072,500

3,085,500

-13,000

3,107,000

3,399,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.4%

2.4%

0.0

2.4%

2.7%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.7%

-0.1

2.7%

2.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 16

March 9

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,176

1,077

+99

1,147

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,270

2,489

-219

2,435


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 9

March 2

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,453,591

3,494,249

-40,658

3,804,640

Federal Employees (UCFE)

20,331

20,717

-386

25,441

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,323

38,291

+32

41,733

EUC 20083

1,906,324

1,780,843

+125,481

2,812,666

Extended Benefits4

563

544

+19

426,109

State Additional Benefits 5

5,959

4,807

+1,152

4,900

STC / Workshare 6

30,666

29,556

+1,110

42,981

TOTAL

5,455,757

5,369,007

+86,750

7,158,470


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 128,613,913 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 03/16/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

-2,497

 

Fewer layoffs in construction, entertainment, lodging and food service, professional, scientific and technology, and transportation industries.

NY

-2,116

 

Fewer layoffs in construction, professional, scientific and technology, and transportation industries.

GA

-2,023

 

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

NC

-1,340

 

Fewer layoff in the commercial machinery, computer equipment, and construction industries.

OH

-1,192

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MI

-1,092

 

Fewer layoffs across all industries.

KY

-1,007

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+3,007

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

VA

+1,165

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

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