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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-0353-NAT

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Tony Sznoluch (202) 693-3176

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March 17, 2011

(202) 693-4676

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 385,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 401,000. The 4-week moving average was 386,250, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised average of 393,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending March 5, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 5 was 3,706,000, a decrease of 80,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,786,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,779,000, a decrease of 58,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,837,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 372,370 in the week ending March 12, a decrease of 37,313 from the previous week. There were 434,424 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending March 5, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,276,916, a decrease of 183,553 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.1 percent and the volume was 5,393,589.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Feb 26 was 8,953,610.

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 26.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,882 in the week ending March 5, an increase of 386 from the prior week. There were 2,492 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 417 from the preceding week.

There were 43,550 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Feb. 26, an increase of 2,408 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,110, an increase of 907 from the prior week.

States reported 3,541,942 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Feb. 26, a decrease of 58,580 from the prior week. There were 5,885,754 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. 26 were in Alaska (6.7 percent), Rhode Island (5.5), Montana (5.4), Pennsylvania (5.3), Idaho (5.1), Oregon (5.1), Puerto Rico (5.0), Wisconsin (4.9), New Jersey (4.8), and Connecticut (4.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 5 were in New York (+17,926), California (+13,388), Illinois (+4,514), Pennsylvania (+3,907), and Texas (+2,828), while the largest decreases were in Massachusetts (-2,482), Oregon (-1,680), Rhode Island (-1,120), Connecticut (-838), and Florida (-687).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 12

March 5

Change

Feb. 26

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

385,000

401,000

-16,000

371,000

454,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

372,370

409,683

-37,313

353,961

434,424

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

386,250

393,250

-7,000

389,250

464,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance March 5

Feb. 26

Change

Feb. 19

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,706,000

3,786,000

-80,000

3,791,000

4,694,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,276,916

4,460,469

-183,553

4,344,862

5,393,589

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,779,000

3,837,000

-58,000

3,868,000

4,723,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.0%

3.0%

0.0

3.0%

3.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.4%

3.6%

-0.2

3.5%

4.1%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 5

Feb. 26

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,882

1,496

+386

1,392

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,492

2,075

+417

2,466


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 26

Feb. 19

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

4,445,901

4,332,547

+113,354

5,519,632

Federal Employees (UCFE)

43,550

41,142

+2,408

23,817

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

40,110

39,203

+907

36,575

EUC 20083

3,541,942

3,600,522

-58,580

5,885,754

Extended Benefits4

815,191

702,604

+112,587

161,324

State Additional Benefits 5

8,286

8,195

+91

1,763

STC / Workshare 6

58,630

48,632

+9,998

98,008

TOTAL

8,953,610

8,772,845

+180,765

11,726,873


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 03/05/2011


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MA

-2,482

 

No comment.

OR

-1,680

 

No comment.

RI

-1,120

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

VA

+1,000

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WI

+1,009

 

No comment.

AR

+1,031

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

OK

+1,085

 

No comment.

MI

+1,094

 

No comment.

GA

+1,152

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

MO

+1,281

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

OH

+2,246

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

TX

+2,828

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

PA

+3,907

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and transportation industries.

IL

+4,514

 

Return to a five day workweek.

CA

+13,388

 

Return to a five day workweek.

NY

+17,926

 

Layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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