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May 9, 2013

   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending May 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 323,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 327,000. The 4-week moving average was 336,750, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average of 343,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending April 27, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 27 was 3,005,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,032,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,034,250, a decrease of 24,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,058,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 298,497 in the week ending May 4, a decrease of 2,638 from the previous week. There were 341,080 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending April 27, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,962,467, a decrease of 66,039 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,028,506. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,210,670.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 20 was 4,874,526, a decrease of 89,292 from the previous week. There were 6,423,153 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending April 20.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,364 in the week ending April 27, a decrease of 83 from the prior week. There were 2,159 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 126 from the preceding week.

There were 18,726 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 20, an increase of 531 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,718, a decrease of 435 from the prior week.

States reported 1,763,177 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 20, a decrease of 14,560 from the prior week. There were 2,688,157 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending April 20 were in Alaska (5.2), Puerto Rico (4.4), Connecticut (3.5), New Jersey (3.4), New Mexico (3.3), Rhode Island (3.3), Wisconsin (3.3), California (3.2), Pennsylvania (3.2), and Illinois (3.1)

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 27 were in Illinois (+1,744), Oregon (+1,244), New Hampshire (+765), Arkansas (+455), and Maine (+379), while the largest decreases were in California (-3,721), Michigan (-2,993), Wisconsin (-2,623), Massachusetts (-2,487), and Florida (-2,062).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance May 4

April 27

Change

April 20

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

323,000

327,000

-4,000

342,000

366,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

298,497

301,135

-2,638

325,835

341,080

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

336,750

343,000

-6,250

358,250

376,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance April 27

April 20

Change

April 13

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,005,000

3,032,000

-27,000

3,007,000

3,276,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,962,467

3,028,506

-66,039

3,103,469

3,210,670

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,034,250

3,058,750

-24,500

3,073,500

3,314,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.3%

2.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.4%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 27

April 20

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,364

1,447

-83

1,204

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,159

2,033

+126

2,226


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 20

April 13

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,022,100

3,096,854

-74,754

3,283,458

Federal Employees (UCFE)

18,726

18,195

+531

19,504

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

36,718

37,153

-435

39,671

EUC 20083

1,763,177

1,777,737

-14,560

2,688,157

Extended Benefits4

388

325

+63

350,579

State Additional Benefits 5

5,786

7,357

-1,571

5,745

STC / Workshare 6

27,631

26,197

+1,434

36,039

TOTAL

4,874,526

4,963,818

-89,292

6,423,153


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 129,204,324 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 04/27/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-3,721

 

No comment.

MI

-2,993

 

Fewer layoffs in most industries.

WI

-2,623

 

No comment.

MA

-2,487

 

No comment.

FL

-2,062

 

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

CT

-1,694

 

No comment.

WA

-1,526

 

No comment.

AZ

-1,345

 

No comment

NJ

-1,152

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, accommodations and food service, and educational industries.

NY

-1,125

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IL

+1,744

 

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

OR

+1,244

 

No comment.


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