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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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June 4, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending May 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 621,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 625,000. The 4-week moving average was 631,250, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 627,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5.0 percent for the week ending May 23, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate of 5.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 23 was 6,735,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,750,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,687,500, an increase of 88,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,598,750.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.184 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 496,822 in the week ending May 30, a decrease of 41,577 from the previous week. There were 300,989 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent during the week ending May 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 6,014,501, a decrease of 141,671 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1 percent and the volume was 2,757,822.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending May 16.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,642 in the week ending May 23, an increase of 225 from the prior week. There were 1,759 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 18 from the preceding week.

There were 15,301 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 16, a decrease of 510 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,435, an increase of 181 from the prior week.

States reported 2,347,218 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 16, an increase of 161,355 from the prior week. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending May 16 were in Michigan (7.6 percent), Oregon (7.1), Puerto Rico (6.7), Nevada (6.4), Pennsylvania (6.2), Wisconsin (5.9), California (5.5), Arkansas (5.4), Idaho (5.4), and North Carolina (5.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 23 were in Illinois (+3,881), Iowa (+2,312), South Carolina (+1,792), Texas (+1,548), and Wisconsin (+1,464), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-3,952), Michigan (-2,812), Ohio (-2,158), Tennessee (-2,053), and Connecticut (-1,320).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 30

May 23

Change

May 16

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

621,000

625,000

-4,000

636,000

370,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

496,822

538,399

-41,577

540,925

300,989

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

631,250

627,250

+4,000

629,750

374,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 23

May 16

Change

May 9

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

6,735,000

6,750,000

-15,000

6,678,000

3,095,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

6,014,501

6,156,172

-141,671

6,204,009

2,757,822

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

6,687,500

6,598,750

+88,750

6,484,500

3,080,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

5.0%

5.0%

0.0

5.0%

2.3%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.5%

4.6%

-0.1

4.6%

2.1%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 23

May 16

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,642

1,417

+225

937

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,759

1,777

-18

1,348


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 16

May 9

Change

Year


Federal Employees

15,301

15,811

-510

10,583

Newly Discharged Veterans

28,435

28,254

+181

19,915

Railroad Retirement Board

10,000

10,000

0

2,000

Extended Benefits

146,689

157,747

-11,058

0

EUC 20083

2,347,218

2,185,863

+161,355

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 133,683,433 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 05/23/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NC

-3,952

 

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

MI

-2,812

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

OH

-2,158

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

TN

-2,053

 

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

CT

-1,320

 

No comment.

VA

-1,165

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

WA

-1,163

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

WI

+1,464

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

TX

+1,548

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, finance, and manufacturing industries.

SC

+1,792

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IA

+2,312

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IL

+3,881

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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