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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-0924-NAT

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May 10, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending May 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 367,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 368,000. The 4-week moving average was 379,000, a decrease of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average of 384,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending April 28, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 28 was 3,229,000, a decrease of 61,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,290,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,290,000, a decrease of 10,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,300,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 338,418 in the week ending May 5, an increase of 4,942 from the previous week. There were 397,737 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending April 28, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.6. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,193,787, a decrease of 99,210 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,723,271.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 21 was 6,423,383, a decrease of 174,529 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia during the week ending April 21.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,204 in the week ending April 28, a decrease of 5 from the prior week. There were 2,226 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 199 from the preceding week.

There were 19,509 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 21, a decrease of 472 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,682, a decrease of 957 from the prior week.

States reported 2,688,157 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 21, a decrease of 36,275 from the prior week. There were 3,415,581 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending April 21 were in Alaska (5.2), Oregon (3.8), Puerto Rico (3.8), California (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.7), Connecticut (3.6), New Jersey (3.6), Rhode Island (3.6), Massachusetts (3.3), and Wisconsin (3.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 28 were in Indiana (+2,294), Florida (+1,767), Illinois (+1,512), Pennsylvania (+1,121), and New Hampshire (+836), while the largest decreases were in New York (-21,258), Califorina (-6,790), Massachusetts (-2,530), Georgia (-2,110), and Connecticut (-1,708).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance May 5

April 28

Change

April 21

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

367,000

368,000

-1,000

392,000

430,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

338,418

333,476

+4,942

370,632

397,737

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

379,000

384,250

-5,250

382,750

433,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance April 28

April 21

Change

April 14

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,229,000

3,290,000

-61,000

3,329,000

3,795,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,193,787

3,292,997

-99,210

3,425,328

3,723,271

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,290,000

3,300,500

-10,500

3,315,250

3,749,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.6%

-0.1

2.6%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.6%

-0.1

2.7%

3.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 28

April 21

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,204

1,209

-5

1,617

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,226

2,425

-199

2,280


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 21

April 14

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,283,672

3,416,422

-132,750

3,758,293

Federal Employees (UCFE)

19,509

19,981

-472

29,466

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,682

40,639

-957

36,756

EUC 20083

2,688,157

2,724,432

-36,275

3,415,581

Extended Benefits4

350,579

354,883

-4,304

689,009

State Additional Benefits 5

5,745

5,278

+467

26,445

STC / Workshare 6

36,039

36,277

-238

48,026

TOTAL

6,423,383

6,597,912

-174,529

8,003,576


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 127,048,587 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - 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
6 - 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

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 04/28/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-21,258

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, educational service, and food service industries.

CA

-6,790

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industries.

MA

-2,530

 

No comment.

GA

-2,110

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, healthcare and social assistance, and trade.

CT

-1,708

 

Fewer layoffs in the educational service industries.

NC

-1,570

 

Fewer layoffs in the food and kindred products, nonclassifiable establishments, textile, electronic, and leather industries.

NJ

-1,201

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food service, information, manufacturing, and healthcare and social assistance industries.

AZ

-1,169

 

No comment.

MI

-1,139

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IN

+2,294

 

Layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.

FL

+1,767

 

Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, trade, retail, serivce, and manufacturing industry.

IL

+1,512

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, and administrative support industries.

PA

+1,121

 

Layoffs in the construction, entertainment, lodging, food service, retail, professional, scientific, and technology industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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