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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 10-539-NAT

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April 29, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 448,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 459,000. The 4-week moving average was 462,500, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 461,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending April 17, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 17 was 4,645,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,663,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,639,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,648,000.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.186 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 423,286 in the week ending April 24, a decrease of 11,171 from the previous week. There were 583,457 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during the week ending April 17, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,779,335, a decrease of 144,978 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.7 percent and the volume was 6,339,490.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending April 10.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,219 in the week ending April 17, a decrease of 224 from the prior week. There were 2,441 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 23 from the preceding week.

There were 20,197 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 10, an increase of 113 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,051, an increase of 455 from the prior week.

States reported 5,200,473 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 10, a decrease of 146,641 from the prior week. There were 2,286,186 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending April 10 were in Alaska (6.6 percent), Puerto Rico (6.4), Oregon (5.9), Wisconsin (5.6), Pennsylvania (5.4), Nevada (5.2), California (5.0), Idaho (5.0), Montana (5.0), Michigan (4.9), and North Carolina (4.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 17 were in Puerto Rico (+3,549), Iowa (+1,606), Georgia (+1,412), Connecticut (+768), and Florida (+422), while the largest decreases were in New York (-21,010), California (-15,380), Pennsylvania (-4,512), Oregon (-4,317), and New Jersey
(-3,777).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

April 24

April 17

Change

April 10

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

448,000

459,000

-11,000

480,000

623,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

423,286

434,457

-11,171

510,927

583,457

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

462,500

461,000

+1,500

457,500

627,000

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

April 17

April 10

Change

April 3

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,645,000

4,663,000

-18,000

4,686,000

6,209,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,779,335

4,924,313

-144,978

4,981,687

6,339,490

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,639,000

4,648,000

-9,000

4,649,250

6,023,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.6%

3.6%

0.0

3.7%

4.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.7%

3.8%

-0.1

3.9%

4.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

April 17

April 10

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,219

1,443

-224

1,052

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,441

2,418

+23

1,752


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

April 10

April 3

Change

Year


Federal Employees

20,197

20,084

+113

17,589

Newly Discharged Veterans

37,051

36,596

+455

28,524

Railroad Retirement Board

7,000

7,000

0

10,000

Extended Benefits

202,215

146,583

+55,632

49,670

EUC 20083

5,200,473

5,347,114

-146,641

2,286,186


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 128,298,468 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 04/17/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-21,010

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and transportation industries.

CA

-15,380

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

PA

-4,512

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, construction, and service industries.

OR

-4,317

 

Decrease attributed to furlough week.

NJ

-3,777

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and service industries.

IL

-3,579

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

OH

-2,992

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WA

-2,826

 

No comment.

KS

-2,721

 

No comment.

TN

-2,548

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, apparel, trade, and service industries.

TX

-2,496

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.

WI

-2,305

 

Fewer layoffs in the public administration, construction, trade, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

MI

-1,905

 

No comment.

AR

-1,441

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MO

-1,362

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MD

-1,274

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

GA

+1,412

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IA

+1,606

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

PR

+3,549

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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