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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-275-NAT

   
   

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March 19, 2009

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Calendar Year 2009 Seasonal Factors: Seasonal factors for CY 2009 and the revised historical series for CY 2004-2008 for both initial claims and continued claims will be made available on line on March 26, 2009, with the release of the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 646,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 658,000. The 4-week moving average was 654,750, an increase of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average of 651,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the week ending March 7, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 7 was 5,473,000, an increase of 185,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,288,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,251,250, an increase of 118,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,132,500.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 4.577 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 594,121 in the week ending March 14, a decrease of 58,515 from the previous week. There were 335,917 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent during the week ending March 7, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,332,272, a decrease of 29,082 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,297,238.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending Feb. 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,197 in the week ending March 7, an increase of 18 from the prior week. There were 2,076 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 127 from the preceding week.

There were 19,905 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Feb. 28, an increase of 753 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,836, an increase of 114 from the prior week.

States reported 1,488,914 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Feb. 28, an increase of 74,475 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Feb. 28 were in Michigan (8.0 percent), Oregon (7.7), Idaho (7.3), Wisconsin (6.9), Pennsylvania (6.8), Puerto Rico (6.6), Rhode Island (6.4), Nevada (6.2), Montana (6.1), and Alaska (6.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 7 were in Indiana (+5,603), Pennsylvania (+4,702), Texas (+4,007), Florida (+3,894), and Michigan (+2,276), while the largest decreases were in New York (-11,218), Connecticut (-2,254), Tennessee (-2,153), California (-1,277), and Oregon (-1,139).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

March 14

March 7

Change

Feb. 28

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

646,000

658,000

-12,000

645,000

375,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

594,121

652,636

-58,515

645,827

335,917

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

654,750

651,000

+3,750

643,250

356,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

March 7

Feb. 28

Change

Feb. 21

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

5,473,000

5,288,000

+185,000

5,124,000

2,865,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

6,332,272

6,361,354

-29,082

6,231,080

3,297,238

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

5,251,250

5,132,500

+118,750

5,015,500

2,802,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

4.1%

3.9%

+0.2

3.8%

2.1%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.7%

4.8%

-0.1

4.7%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

March 7

Feb. 28

Change

Year


Federal Employees 1,197 1,179 +18 865
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,076 1,949 +127 1,587

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 28

Feb. 21

Change

Year


Federal Employees

19,905

19,152

+753

16,656

Newly Discharged Veterans

28,836

28,722

+114

22,694

Railroad Retirement Board

9,000

9,000

0

4,000

Extended Benefits

4,843

3,862

+981

0

EUC 2008

1,488,914

1,414,439

+74,475

0


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 133,886,830 as denominator.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 03/07/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-11,218

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and transportation industries.

CT

-2,254

 

No comment.

TN

-2,153

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.

CA

-1,277

 

No comment.

OR

-1,139

 

No comment.

RI

-1,134

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

OH

-1,070

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

LA

+1,036

 

No comment.

MN

+1,102

 

No comment.

NJ

+1,529

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.

NC

+2,072

 

Layoffs in the textile, industrial machinery, industrial equipment, and furniture industries.

MI

+2,276

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

FL

+3,894

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.

TX

+4,007

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

PA

+4,702

 

No comment.

IN

+5,603

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current