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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL14-0531-NAT

   

 

 

Program Contacts:

TRANSMISSION OF MATERIAL IN THIS

Tom Stengle (202) 693-2991

RELEASE IS EMBARGOED UNTIL

Tony Sznoluch (202) 693-3176

8:30 A.M. (Eastern), Thursday

Media Contact: (202) 693-4676

April 3, 2014

 

 

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 2009 forward, along with the resulting seasonally adjusted values for initial claims and continuing claims, have been revised.

In addition, beginning April 10, 2014, the UI Weekly Claims News Release will be issued under a revised (.pdf) format. The new version of the release will include graphics and tables for additional information and ease of use.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 310,000. The 4-week moving average was 319,500, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average of 319,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending March 22, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 22 was 2,836,000, an increase of 22,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,814,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,842,250, a decrease of 13,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,855,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 289,535 in the week ending March 29, an increase of 15,463 from the previous week. There were 317,494 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending March 22, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,088,725, a decrease of 43,379 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,344,342.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 15 was 3,201,504, a decrease of 105,367 from the previous week. There were 5,279,851 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 March 15.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 996 in the week ending March 22, a decrease of 14 from the prior week. There were 1,802 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 25 from the preceding week.

There were 18,244 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 15, a decrease of 1,115 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,298, a decrease of 1,056 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 15 were in Alaska (5.3), New Jersey (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.8), Connecticut (3.7), Rhode Island (3.7), California (3.4), Illinois (3.4), Montana (3.4), Massachusetts (3.3), and Wisconsin (3.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 22 were in Texas (+2,424), Florida (+1,698), Puerto Rico (+668), Iowa (+580), and Kansas (+326), while the largest decreases were in California (-8,725), Nebraska (-1,121), Washington (-801), Arkansas (-713), and Tennessee (-698).

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 29

March 22

Change

March 15

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

326,000

310,000

+16,000

323,000

375,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

289,535

274,072

+15,463

285,970

317,494

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

319,500

319,250

+250

329,500

352,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance March 22

March 15

Change

March 8

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,836,000

2,814,000

+22,000

2,869,000

3,074,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,088,725

3,132,104

-43,379

3,233,107

3,344,342

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,842,250

2,855,750

-13,500

2,887,500

3,064,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.2%

2.1%

+0.1

2.2%

2.4%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.4%

2.4%

0.0

2.5%

2.6%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 22

March 15

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

996

1,010

-14

1,109

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,802

1,827

-25

2,336


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 15

March 8

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,127,041

3,227,182

-100,141

3,386,850

Federal Employees (UCFE)

18,244

19,359

-1,115

20,079

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

27,298

28,354

-1,056

38,573

Extended Benefits3

34

62

-28

579

State Additional Benefits 4

10,297

10,518

-221

5,759

STC / Workshare 5

18,590

21,396

-2,806

28,386

STC / TOTAL6

3,201,504

3,306,871

-105,367

5,279,851


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 22, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-8,725

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

NE

-1,121

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TX

+2,424

 

Layoffs in the educational service industries, due to spring break closures.

FL

+1,698

 

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