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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 333,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 322,000. The 4-week moving average was 321,500, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 323,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.0 percent for the week ending April 23, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 23 was 2,589,000, an increase of 38,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,551,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,606,500, a decrease of 24,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,630,750.
 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 288,626 in the week ending April 30, a decrease of 12,249 from the previous week. There were 283,236 initial claims in the comparable week in 2004.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.0 percent during the week ending April 23, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,570,929, a decrease of 41,651 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.3 percent and the volume was 2,915,357.

 

Extended benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending April 16.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 974 in the week ending April 23, a decrease of 132 from the prior week. There were 1,974 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 242 from the preceding week.

There were 14,361 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 16, a decrease of 17 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 26,320, an increase of 661 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending April 16 were in Alaska (5.1 percent), Puerto Rico (4.1), Michigan (3.5), Oregon (3.1), New Jersey (3.0), Pennsylvania (3.0), Wisconsin (2.8), Massachusetts (2.7), Vermont (2.7), and California (2.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 23 were in Massachusetts (+5,534), Kentucky (+4,080), California (+3,257), Texas (+2,974), and Connecticut (+2,396), while the largest decreases were in Minnesota (-2,801), Tennessee (-2,201), Wisconsin (-880), Pennsylvania (-865), and South Carolina (-707).

 


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

April 30

April 23

Change

April 16

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

333,000

322,000

+11,000

299,000

329,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

288,626

300,875

-12,249

285,657

283,236

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

321,500

323,500

-2,000

331,000

345,500

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

April 23

April 16

Change

April 9

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,589,000

2,551,000

+38,000

2,631,000

2,933,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,570,929

2,612,580

-41,651

2,731,177

2,915,357

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,606,500

2,630,750

-24,250

2,642,500

2,985,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.0%

2.0%

0.0

2.1%

2.3%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.0%

2.1%

-0.1

2.1%

2.3%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

April 23

April 16

Change

Year


Federal Employees

974

1,106

-132

1,033

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,974

2,216

-242

1,578


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

April 16

April 9

Change

Year


Federal Employees

14,361

14,378

-17

16,919

Newly Discharged Veterans

26,320

25,659

+661

26,330

Railroad Retirement Board

2,000

2,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

3,986

1,776

+2,210

2,684


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 127,095,859 as denominator.


 

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 04/23/2005 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MN

-2,801

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TN

-2,201

 

Fewer layoffs in the primary metals and service industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

RI

+1,640

 

Layoffs in the trade and service industries.

OK

+1,944

 

No comment.

MI

+2,106

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

CT

+2,396

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

TX

+2,974

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

CA

+3,257

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

KY

+4,080

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MA

+5,534

 

Increase due to school closings for spring break.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current