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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 03-162

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Stengle (202) 693-2991

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April 10, 2003

 

 

Note:  This week's release reflects the annual revision to the weekly unemployment claims seasonal adjustment factors. The historical factors from 1988 forward have been revised. See attachment for calendar year 2003 factors.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 405,000, a decrease of 38,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 443,000. The 4-week moving average was 419,500, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average of 423,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent for the week ending March 29, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.8 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 29 was 3,487,000, a decrease of 69,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,556,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,513,000, an increase of 10,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,502,250.
 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 387,317 in the week ending April 5, an increase of 16,185 from the previous week. There were 432,384 initial claims in the comparable week in 2002.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.1 percent during the week ending March 29, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,873,843, a decrease of 69,611 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,061,959.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington during the week ending March 22.

53 states reported that 802,004 individuals filed continued claims under the Federal Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program during the week ending March 22.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 982 in the week ending March 29, an increase of 64 from the prior week. There were 1,167 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 13 from the preceding week.

There were 17,311 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 22, an increase of 595 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 19,409, an increase of 273 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 22 were in Alaska (6.5 percent), Oregon (4.9), Idaho (4.7), Puerto Rico (4.7), Michigan (4.4), Washington (4.4), Wisconsin (4.4), Pennsylvania (4.3), Massachusetts (4.1), and California (4.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 29 were in North Carolina (+3,725), Michigan (+3,217), Kentucky (+2,957), Oregon (+2,268), and Colorado (+2,012), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-1,943), Illinois (-1,619), California (-1,510), Kansas (-1,230), and Massachusetts (-523).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

April 5 

March 29

Change

March 22 

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

405,000

443,000

-38,000

402,000

439,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

387,317

371,132

+16,185

361,011

432,384

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

419,500

423,250

-3,750

421,500

431,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

March 29

March 22 

Change

March 15

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,487,000

3,556,000

-69,000

3,474,000

3,673,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,873,843

3,943,454

-69,611

4,067,954

4,061,959

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,513,000

3,502,250

+10,750

3,481,000

3,586,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.7%

2.8%

-0.1

2.7%

2.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.1%

3.1%

0.0

3.2%

3.2%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

March 29

March 22

Change

Year


Federal Employees

982

918

+64

1,144

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,167

1,180

-13

973


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

March 22

March 15

Change

Year


Federal Employees

17,311

16,716

+595

15,501

Newly Discharged Veterans

19,409

19,136

+273

15,011

Railroad Retirement Board

5,000

5,000

0

6,000

Extended Benefits

17,636

17,726

-90

5,553

Federal (TEUC) 3

802,004

760,977

+41,027

727,655


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 126,949,730 as denominator.
3 - Prior year level based on the reports of 39 states.


UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 03/29/2003 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

-1,943

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, lumber/wood, transportation equipment, trade, and service industries.

IL

-1,619

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

CA

-1,510

 

No comment.

KS

-1,230

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


MO

+1,355

 

Layoffs in the transportation, communications, and public utilities industries.

CO

+2,012

 

No comment.

OR

+2,268

 

No comment.

KY

+2,957

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MI

+3,217

 

No comment.

NC

+3,725

 

Layoffs in the construction industry.


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Attachment: - Calendar Year 2003 Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

Week Ending

NSA IC

IC SF

SA IC

NSA CC

SF CC

SA CC

NSA IUR

SA IUR

01/04/2003

620,004

156.5

396,000

4,486,870

132.9

3,376,000

3.5

2.7

01/11/2003

724,111

196.6

368,000

4,123,632

122.7

3,361,000

3.2

2.6

01/18/2003

542,563

139.7

388,000

4,068,516

122.2

3,329,000

3.2

2.6

01/25/2003

434,888

110.9

392,000

4,149,699

120.8

3,435,000

3.3

2.7

02/01/2003

449,286

112.9

398,000

4,148,823

125.3

3,311,000

3.3

2.6

02/08/2003

439,520

116.3

378,000

4,089,677

119.2

3,431,000

3.2

2.7

02/15/2003

397,703

97.4

408,000

4,089,902

121.4

3,369,000

3.2

2.7

02/22/2003

387,068

94.0

412,000

4,192,955

120.8

3,471,000

3.3

2.7

03/01/2003

429,003

98.3

436,000

4,191,412

121.7

3,444,000

3.3

2.7

03/08/2003

414,188

98.7

420,000

4,096,551

115.9

3,535,000

3.2

2.8

03/15/2003

389,421

91.0

428,000

4,067,954

117.1

3,474,000

3.2

2.7

03/22/2003

361,011

89.7

402,000

3,943,454

110.9

3,556,000

3.1

2.8

03/29/2003

371,132

83.8

443,000

3,873,843

111.1

3,487,000

3.1

2.7

04/05/2003

387,317

95.6

405,000

 

104.5

 

 

 

04/12/2003

 

97.2

 

 

104.9

 

 

 

04/19/2003

 

86.8

 

 

99.9

 

 

 

04/26/2003

 

88.6

 

 

99.4

 

 

 

05/03/2003

 

87.6

 

 

93.8

 

 

 

05/10/2003

 

86.4

 

 

93.8

 

 

 

05/17/2003

 

83.6

 

 

91.4

 

 

 

05/24/2003

 

84.5

 

 

89.6

 

 

 

05/31/2003

 

78.5

 

 

91.0

 

 

 

06/07/2003

 

96.8

 

 

91.3

 

 

 

06/14/2003

 

89.9

 

 

91.4

 

 

 

06/21/2003

 

92.2

 

 

91.0

 

 

 

06/28/2003

 

90.6

 

 

88.1

 

 

 

07/05/2003

 

109.4

 

 

99.6

 

 

 

07/12/2003

 

133.1

 

 

103.2

 

 

 

07/19/2003

 

109.8

 

 

97.9

 

 

 

07/26/2003

 

88.7

 

 

95.9

 

 

 

08/02/2003

 

84.2

 

 

94.2

 

 

 

08/09/2003

 

86.2

 

 

93.1

 

 

 

08/16/2003

 

79.7

 

 

92.0

 

 

 

08/23/2003

 

78.8

 

 

90.2

 

 

 

08/30/2003

 

76.1

 

 

85.5

 

 

 

09/06/2003

 

75.3

 

 

87.0

 

 

 

09/13/2003

 

81.8

 

 

84.3

 

 

 

09/20/2003

 

78.0

 

 

82.3

 

 

 

09/27/2003

 

75.2

 

 

81.9

 

 

 

10/04/2003

 

87.0

 

 

81.2

 

 

 

10/11/2003

 

94.5

 

 

82.5

 

 

 

10/18/2003

 

84.0

 

 

84.5

 

 

 

10/25/2003

 

90.1

 

 

84.8

 

 

 

11/01/2003

 

97.7

 

 

86.9

 

 

 

11/08/2003

 

107.4

 

 

86.1

 

 

 

11/15/2003

 

96.0

 

 

93.8

 

 

 

11/22/2003

 

112.4

 

 

88.2

 

 

 

11/29/2003

 

97.8

 

 

102.5

 

 

 

12/06/2003

 

129.7

 

 

99.4

 

 

 

12/13/2003

 

116.4

 

 

104.7

 

 

 

12/20/2003

 

119.9

 

 

98.6

 

 

 

12/27/2003

 

152.5

 

 

113.8

 

 

 

Note: IC=Initial Claims, CC=Continued Claims, SF=Seasonal Factor, NSA=Not Seasonally Adjusted, SA=Seasonally Adjusted, IUR=Insured Unemployment Rate