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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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April 11, 2013

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 346,000, a decrease of 42,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 388,000. The 4-week moving average was 358,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average of 355,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending March 30, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 30 was 3,079,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,091,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,079,250, an increase of 5,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,074,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 353,973 in the week ending April 6, an increase of 37,025 from the previous week. There were 390,064 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending March 30, 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 3,266,392, a decrease of 84,488 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,350,880. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,470,104.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 23 was 5,277,512, a decrease of 10,573 from the previous week. There were 6,952,894 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending March 23.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,139 in the week ending March 30, an increase of 30 from the prior week. There were 2,143 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 192 from the preceding week.

There were 19,791 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 23, a decrease of 452 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,090, a decrease of 587 from the prior week.

States reported 1,837,554 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 23, an increase of 37,929 from the prior week. There were 2,794,553 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 23 were in Alaska (5.5), Puerto Rico (4.3), California (3.8), New Jersey (3.8), Rhode Island (3.8), Connecticut (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.7), Wisconsin (3.6), Massachusetts (3.5), and Montana (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 30 were in Pennsylvania (+3,015), New Jersey (+2,409), Illinois (+2,149), Kentucky (+1,718), and Wisconsin (+1,583), while the largest decreases were in Texas (-3,489), California (-2,661), North Carolina (-1,601), Arkansas (-1,221), and Connecticut (-774).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING

Advance April 6

March 30

Change

March 23

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

346,000

388,000

-42,000

357,000

378,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

353,973

316,948

+37,025

315,620

390,064

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

358,000

355,000

+3,000

343,000

369,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance March 30

March 23

Change

March 16

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,079,000

3,091,000

-12,000

3,070,000

3,305,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,266,392

3,350,880

-84,488

3,402,007

3,470,104

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,079,250

3,074,000

+5,250

3,077,500

3,356,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.4%

2.4%

0.0

2.4%

2.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.6%

-0.1

2.6%

2.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING

March 30

March 23

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,139

1,109

+30

1,159

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,143

2,335

-192

2,277


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING

March 23

March 16

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,342,275

3,394,821

-52,546

3,627,993

Federal Employees (UCFE)

19,791

20,243

-452

23,068

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,090

38,677

-587

41,560

EUC 20083

1,837,554

1,799,625

+37,929

2,794,553

Extended Benefits4

434

574

-140

426,907

State Additional Benefits 5

5,780

5,759

+21

4,781

STC / Workshare 6

33,588

28,386

+5,202

34,032

TOTAL

5,277,512

5,288,085

-10,573

6,952,894


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 03/30/2013



STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TX

-3,489

 

No comment.

CA

-2,661

 

No comment.

NC

-1,601

 

Fewer layoffs in the food service and business service industries.

AR

-1,221

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

+3,015

 

Layoffs in the transportation, construction, entertainment, lodging and food service, and healthcare and social services industries.

NJ

+2,409

 

Layoffs in the educational service, transportation and warehousing, and accommodation and food service industries.

IL

+2,149

 

Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and transportation industries.

KY

+1,718

 

No comment.

WI

+1,583

 

No comment.

OR

+1,486

 

No comment.


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