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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 474,000, an increase of 43,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 431,000. The 4-week moving average was 431,250, an increase of 22,250 from the previous week's revised average of 409,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending April 23, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 23 was 3,733,000, an increase of 74,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,659,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,700,750, a decrease of 1,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,702,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 412,873 in the week ending April 30, an increase of 25,006 from the previous week. There were 399,350 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending April 23, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,751,962, a decrease of 31,825 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.6 percent and the volume was 4,671,227.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 16 was 8,014,919, a decrease of 171,547 from the previous week.

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 April 16.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,413 in the week ending April 23, a decrease of 322 from the prior week. There were 2,076 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 241 from the preceding week.

There were 29,777 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 16, a decrease of 4,749 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,513, a decrease of 8,488 from the prior week.

States reported 3,447,542 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 16, a decrease of 718 from the prior week. There were 5,349,618 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 April 16 were in Alaska (6.0 percent), Puerto Rico (4.8), Oregon (4.4), Pennsylvania (4.2), California (4.1), Wisconsin (4.1), Rhode Island (3.9), Idaho (3.9), New Jersey (3.9), Nevada (3.8), and Montana (3.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 23 were in New Jersey (+5,326), Massachusetts (+4,027), Pennsylvania (+2,306), Ohio (+1,700), and Connecticut (+1,601), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-1,861), North Carolina (-1,662), Missouri (-1,618), New Mexico
(-1,417), and Arizona (-1,138).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance April 30

April 23

Change

April 16

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

474,000

431,000

+43,000

404,000

460,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

412,873

387,867

+25,006

381,834

399,350

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

431,250

409,000

+22,250

399,250

465,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance April 23

April 16

Change

April 9

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,733,000

3,659,000

+74,000

3,708,000

4,648,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,751,962

3,783,787

-31,825

3,893,218

4,671,227

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,700,750

3,702,000

-1,250

3,720,250

4,680,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.0%

2.9%

+0.1

3.0%

3.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.0%

3.0%

0.0

3.1%

3.6%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING

April 23

April 16

Change

 

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,413

1,735

-322

 

1,234

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,076

2,317

-241

 

2,437


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING

April 16

April 9

Change

 

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,771,511

3,879,548

-108,037

 

4,773,958

Federal Employees (UCFE)

29,777

34,526

-4,749

 

19,333

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

37,513

46,001

+8,488

 

37,277

EUC 20083

3,447,542

3,448,260

-718

 

5,349,618

Extended Benefits4

674,171

716,314

-42,143

 

248,946

State Additional Benefits 5

6,552

6,406

+146

 

9,534

STC / Workshare 6

47,853

55,411

-7,558

 

86,205

TOTAL

8,014,919

8,186,466

-171,547

 

10,524,871


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 125,572,661 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 04/23/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

-1,861

 

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

NC

-1,662

 

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

MO

-1,618

 

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

NM

-1,417

 

No comment.

AZ

-1,138

 

No comment.

GA

-1,053

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

KY

+1,031

 

No comment.

MD

+1,358

 

No comment.

RI

+1,513

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

IL

+1,515

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

CT

+1,601

 

Layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

OH

+1,700

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

PA

+2,306

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.

MA

+4,027

 

Layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

NJ

+5,326

 

Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, trade, service, and public administration industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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