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March 13, 2014

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 315,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 324,000. The 4-week moving average was 330,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average of 336,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending March 1, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 1 was 2,855,000, a decrease of 48,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,903,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,915,750, a decrease of 19,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,935,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 302,218 in the week ending March 8, a decrease of 15,614 from the previous week. There were 317,526 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending March 1, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,285,703, a decrease of 90,028 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,501,920.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 22 was 3,450,757, an increase of 12,282 from the previous week. There were 5,619,860 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 22.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,159 in the week ending March 1, an increase of 147 from the prior week. There were 1,909 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 157 from the preceding week.

There were 20,812 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 22, an increase of 401 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 29,475, an increase of 670 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending February 22 were in Alaska (5.9), Rhode Island (4.4), New Jersey (4.3), Connecticut (4.1), Pennsylvania (3.8), California (3.7), Illinois (3.7), Massachusetts (3.6), Montana (3.6), and Wisconsin (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 1 were in New York (+18,709), Florida (1,940), Illinois (+1,789), Texas (+1,245), and New Hampshire (+849), while the largest decreases were in California (-5,765), Georgia (-5,437), Massachusetts (-3,770), Pennsylvania (-2,086), and South Carolina (-2,006).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 8

March 1

Change

Feb. 22

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

315,000

324,000

-9,000

349,000

334,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

302,218

317,832

-15,614

311,363

317,526

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

330,500

336,750

-6,250

338,500

347,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance March 1

Feb. 22

Change

Feb. 15

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,855,000

2,903,000

-48,000

2,949,000

3,058,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,285,703

3,375,731

-90,028

3,367,239

3,501,920

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,915,750

2,935,250

-19,500

2,951,000

3,107,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.2%

2.2%

0.0

2.3%

2.4%

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 1

Feb. 22

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,159

1,012

+147

1,259

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,909

1,752

+157

2,475


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

February 22

February 15

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,370,468

3,362,308

+8,160

3,603,285

Federal Employees (UCFE)

20,812

20,411

+401

21,524

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

29,475

28,805

+670

39,286

Extended Benefits3

104

29

+75

549

State Additional Benefits 4

10,672

9,547

+1,125

8,064

STC / Workshare 5

19,226

17,375

+1,851

29,994

STC / TOTAL6

3,450,757

3,438,475

+12,282

5,619,860


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 EUC claimants.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED MARCH 1, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-5,765

Fewer layoffs in the service and wholesale trade industries.

GA

-5,437

Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative and support services, transportation and warehousing, and accommodation and food services industries.

MA

-3,770

Fewer layoffs in the transportation and food services industries.

PA

-2,086

Fewer layoffs in the transportation and construction industries.

SC

-2,006

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AL

-1,042

Fewer layoffs in the construction, and manufacturing industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

+18,709

Layoffs in the transportation and warehousing, educational services, and food services industries.

FL

+1,940

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

IL

+1,789

 

Layoffs in the construction, administrative and support services, and trade industries.

TX

+1,245

 

No comment.


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