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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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May 27, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending May 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 460,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 474,000. The 4-week moving average was 456,500, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 454,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending May 15, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 15 was 4,607,000, a decrease of 49,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,656,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,637,250, a decrease of 11,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,648,750.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.134 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 404,325 in the week ending May 22, a decrease of 5,765 from the previous week. There were 538,311 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending May 15, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,381,421, a decrease of 88,300 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.6 percent and the volume was 6,153,284.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, 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 May 8.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,481 in the week ending May 15, an increase of 163 from the prior week. There were 2,369 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 120 from the preceding week.

There were 17,937 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 8, an increase of 577 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,370, an increase of 1,365 from the prior week.

States reported 5,059,843 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 8, a decrease of 41,403 from the prior week. There were 2,185,863 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 May 8 were in Puerto Rico (6.2 percent), Alaska (5.9), Oregon (5.4), Nevada (4.9), California (4.8), Pennsylvania (4.7), Wisconsin (4.5), North Carolina (4.4), Montana (4.3), and Connecticut (4.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 15 were in Tennessee (+3,041), Missouri (+2,369), Mississippi (+1,697), Illinois (+1,154), and Arkansas (+851), while the largest decreases were in California (-2,161), Michigan (-2,133), Washington (-1,968), Florida (-1,480), and Oregon (-1,200).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 22

May 15

Change

May 8

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

460,000

474,000

-14,000

446,000

611,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

404,325

410,090

-5,765

409,759

538,311

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

456,500

454,250

+2,250

450,500

616,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 15

May 8

Change

May 1

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,607,000

4,656,000

-49,000

4,659,000

6,498,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,381,421

4,469,721

-88,300

4,547,308

6,153,284

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,637,250

4,648,750

-11,500

4,650,500

6,390,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.6%

3.6%

0.0

3.6%

4.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.4%

3.5%

-0.1

3.5%

4.6%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 15

May 8

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,481

1,318

+163

1,417

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,369

2,489

-120

1,777


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

May 8

May 1

Change

Year


Federal Employees

17,937

17,360

+577

15,806

Newly Discharged Veterans

36,370

35,005

+1,365

28,246

Railroad Retirement Board

5,000

5,000

0

9,000

Extended Benefits

278,953

240,260

+38,693

398,667

EUC 20083

5,059,843

5,101,246

-41,403

2,185,863


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 05/15/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-2,161

 

No comment.

MI

-2,133

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

WA

-1,968

 

No comment.

FL

-1,480

 

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

OR

-1,200

 

No comment.

NY

-1,018

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IL

+1,154

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

MS

+1,697

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

MO

+2,369

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

TN

+3,041

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, apparel, and fabricated metals industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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