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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-0311-NAT

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March 10, 2011

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 397,000, an increase of 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 371,000. The 4-week moving average was 392,250, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average of 389,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending Feb. 26, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb.26 was 3,771,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,791,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,833,250, a decrease of 34,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,868,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 406,096 in the week ending March 5, an increase of 52,147 from the previous week. There were 459,523 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent during the week ending Feb. 26, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,442,438, an increase of 97,576 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.3 percent and the volume was 5,538,966.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Feb 19 was 8,772,818.

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, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, during the week ending Feb 19.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,496 in the week ending Feb. 26, a decrease of 301 from the prior week. There were 2,075 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 218 from the preceding week.

There were 41,142 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Feb. 19, a decrease of 5,156 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,176, a decrease of 1,394 from the prior week.

States reported 3,600,522 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Feb. 19, a decrease of 52,745 from the prior week. There were 5,527,451 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Feb. 19 were in Alaska (7.0 percent), Idaho (5.2), Montana (5.1), Puerto Rico (5.1), Oregon (5.0), Rhode Island (5.0), Pennsylvania (4.9), Wisconsin (4.9), New Jersey (4.7), and Connecticut (4.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Feb. 26 were in Massachusetts (+3,804), Washington (+976), Rhode Island (+776), Connecticut (+682), and Florida (+651), while the largest decreases were in California (-12,730), Illinois (-2,430), Missouri (-2,255), Texas (-1,707), and Tennessee (-1,515).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 5

Feb. 26

Change

Feb. 19

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

397,000

371,000

+26,000

388,000

451,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

406,096

353,949

+52,147

380,985

459,523

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

392,250

389,250

+3,000

401,250

470,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 26

Feb. 19

Change

Feb. 12

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,771,000

3,791,000

-20,000

3,833,000

4,694,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,442,438

4,344,862

+97,576

4,587,740

5,538,966

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,833,250

3,868,000

-34,750

3,904,250

4,761,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.0%

3.0%

0.0

3.1%

3.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.5%

3.5%

0.0

3.7%

4.3%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 26

Feb. 19

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,496

1,797

-301

1,301

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,075

2,293

-218

2,358


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 19

Feb. 12

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

4,332,547

4,570,539

-237,992

5,573,139

Federal Employees (UCFE)

41,142

46,308

-5,166

22,968

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,176

40,570

-1,394

36,631

EUC 20083

3,600,522

3,653,267

-52,745

5,527,451

Extended Benefits4

702,604

850,372

-147,768

167,086

State Additional Benefits 5

8,195

8,186

+9

2,089

STC / Workshare 6

48,632

66,927

-18,295

90,949

TOTAL

8,772,818

9,236,169

-463,351

11,420,313


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 125,560,066 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 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 02/26/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-12,730

 

A shorter workweek.

IL

-2,430

 

A shorter workweek.

MO

-2,255

 

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

TX

-1,707

 

A shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

TN

-1,515

 

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

NY

-1,293

 

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

GA

-1,249

 

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

PA

-1,169

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

NC

-1,038

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and stone/clay/glass industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MA

+3,804

 

Seasonal increase due to school vacation, in transportation and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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