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April 25, 2013

   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 355,000. The 4-week moving average was 357,500, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 362,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending April 13, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 13 was 3,000,000, a decrease of 93,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,093,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,071,750, a decrease of 17,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,089,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 323,529 in the week ending April 20, a decrease of 34,690 from the previous week. There were 370,632 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending April 13, 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 3,096,372, a decrease of 104,847 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,201,219. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,425,138.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 6 was 5,071,050, a decrease of 81,605 from the previous week. There were 6,683,265 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending April 6.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,660 in the week ending April 13, an increase of 238 from the prior week. There were 2,147 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 73 from the preceding week.

There were 18,708 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 6, a decrease of 123 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,743, a decrease of 793 from the prior week.

States reported 1,790,316 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 6, an increase of 7,761 from the prior week. There were 2,729,204 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 April 6 were in Alaska (5.1), Puerto Rico (4.4), New Jersey (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.6), Wisconsin (3.5), California (3.4), Connecticut (3.4), Illinois (3.4), Oregon (3.2), and Rhode Island (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 13 were in California (+24,303), Texas (+3,050), Florida (+2,623), Indiana (+2,372), and Arizona (+1,296), while the largest decreases were in New York (-14,113), Michigan (-5,998), New Jersey (-4,204), Ohio (-3,036), and Illinois (-2,455).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance April 20

April 13

Change

April 6

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

339,000

355,000

-16,000

348,000

381,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

323,529

358,219

-34,690

356,242

370,632

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

357,500

362,000

-4,500

358,500

378,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance April 13

April 6

Change

March 30

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,000,000

3,093,000

-93,000

3,103,000

3,345,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,096,372

3,201,219

-104,847

3,292,169

3,425,138

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,071,750

3,089,250

-17,500

3,085,250

3,334,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.4%

-0.1

2.4%

2.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.4%

2.5%

-0.1

2.6%

2.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 13

April 6

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,660

1,422

+238

1,189

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,147

2,220

-73

2,349


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 6

March 30

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,194,237

3,287,035

-92,798

3,438,628

Federal Employees (UCFE)

18,708

18,831

-123

21,340

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

36,743

37,536

-793

40,562

EUC 20083

1,790,316

1,782,555

+7,761

2,729,204

Extended Benefits4

329

463

-134

412,411

State Additional Benefits 5

5,596

5,677

-81

4,483

STC / Workshare 6

25,121

20,558

+4,563

36,637

TOTAL

5,071,050

5,152,655

-81,605

6,683,265


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 129,204,324 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 04/13/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-14,113

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, educational services, and food service industries.

MI

-5,998

 

Fewer layoffs in the enterprise industry.

NJ

-4,204

 

Fewer layoffs in the educational services, accommodation and food service, transportation and warehousing, public administration, trade, construction, and manufacturing industries.

OH

-3,036

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, transportation, and communication industries.

IL

-2,455

 

No comment.

OR

-2,025

 

No comment.

MA

-1,075

 

Fewer layoffs in the professional services, accommodation and food service, and finance and insurance industries.

WI

-1,018

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+24,303

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

TX

+3,050

 

No comment.

FL

+2,623

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, service, retail, and trade industries.

IN

+2,372

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AZ

+1,296

 

No comment.

AK

+1,211

 

No comment.

SC

+1,200

 

Layoffs in the metal, manufacturing, and transportation industries.



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