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February 27, 2014

 

 


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 334,000. The 4-week moving average was 338,250, unchanged from the previous week's revised average.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending February 15, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 15 was 2,964,000, an increase of 8,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,956,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,954,750, an increase of 4,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,950,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 310,816 in the week ending February 22, a decrease of 10,598 from the previous week. There were 310,389 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending February 15, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,384,598, a decrease of 26,636 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,536,462.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 8 was 3,486,060, a decrease of 26,388 from the previous week. There were 5,764,168 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013.

No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending February 8.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,178 in the week ending February 15, a decrease of 21 from the prior week. There were 1,676 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 439 from the preceding week.

There were 22,308 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 8, an increase of 776 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 29,570, a decrease of 100 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending February 8 were in Alaska (6.1), New Jersey (4.2), Rhode Island (4.2), Pennsylvania (3.9), Connecticut (3.8), Illinois (3.8), Montana (3.8), California (3.7), Wisconsin (3.7), and West Virginia (3.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 15 were in California (+5,832), Michigan (+2,129), Oregon (+1,574), Missouri (+1,045), and Nevada (+196), while the largest decreases were in Georgia (-7,759), Pennsylvania (-3,677), Wisconsin (-3,227), Illinois (-2,780), and North Carolina (-2,644).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 22

Feb. 15

Change

Feb. 8

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

348,000

334,000

+14,000

340,000

348,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

310,816

321,414

-10,598

359,386

310,389

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

338,250

338,250

0

337,000

355,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 15

Feb. 8

Change

Feb. 1

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,964,000

2,956,000

+8,000

2,933,000

3,102,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,384,598

3,411,234

-26,636

3,440,185

3,536,462

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,954,750

2,950,750

+4,000

2,963,500

3,156,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.2%

2.4%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

2.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 15

Feb. 8

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,178

1,199

-21

1,352

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,676

2,115

-439

2,303


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 8

Feb. 1

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,405,696

3,434,803

-29,107

3,660,325

Federal Employees (UCFE)

22,308

21,532

+776

22,682

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

29,570

29,670

-100

39,466

Extended Benefits3

98

79

+19

644

State Additional Benefits 4

9,478

9,188

+290

5,723

STC / Workshare 5

18,910

17,176

+1,734

29,337

STC / TOTAL6

3,486,060

3,512,448

-26,388

5,764,168


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 130,938,360 as denominator.

3 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
4 - 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
5 - 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
6 - Prior year total includes EUCclaimants.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED FEBRUARY 15, 2014



STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

GA

-7,759

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, trade, and accommodation and food services industries.

PA

-3,677

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, and administrative and support services industries.

WI

-3,227

 

No comment.

IL

-2,780

 

No comment.

NC

-2,644

 

Fewer layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments and accommodation and food services industries.

SC

-2,587

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AL

-1,756

 

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

VA

-1,609

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TX

-1,609

 

No comment.

MD

-1,594

 

No comment.

TN

-1,491

 

No comment.

KS

-1,389

 

No comment.

OH

-1,375

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.

MN

-1,284

 

No comment.

CO

-1,242

 

No comment.

NJ

-1,132

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, construction, and professional and technical industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+5,832

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

MI

+2,129

 

Layoffs in the wholesale trade industry.

OR

+1,574

 

Increase in claims due to inclement weather.

MO

+1,045

 

Layoffs in the construction, transportation and warehousing, and accommodation and food services industries.


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