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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL13-789-NAT

   
   

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May 2, 2013

   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 324,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 342,000. The 4-week moving average was 342,250, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised average of 358,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending April 20, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 20 was 3,019,000, an increase of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,007,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,055,500, a decrease of 18,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,073,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 298,692 in the week ending April 27, a decrease of -27,143 from the previous week. There were 333,476 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending April 20, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,016,148, a decrease of 87,321 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,103,469. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,292,783.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 13 was 4,963,449, a decrease of 108,631 from the previous week. There were 6,597,715 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending April 13.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,447 in the week ending April 20, a decrease of 217 from the prior week. There were 2,033 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 164 from the preceding week.

There were 18,076 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 13, a decrease of 628 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,903, a decrease of 404 from the prior week.

States reported 1,777,737 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 13, a decrease of 12,579 from the prior week. There were 2,724,432 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending April 13 were in Alaska (5.1), Puerto Rico (4.2), New Jersey (3.6), Wisconsin (3.6), California (3.4), Connecticut (3.3), Pennsylvania (3.3), Illinois (3.2), New Mexico (3.2), and Oregon (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 20 were in Michigan (+6,172), Massachusetts (+4,101), Connecticut (+2,452), Rhode Island (+1,427), and Nevada (+535), while the largest decreases were in California (-16,681), New York (-6,443), Pennsylvania (-3,646), Texas (-3,070), and Indiana (-1,637).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance April 27

April 20

Change

April 13

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

324,000

342,000

-18,000

355,000

371,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

298,692

325,835

-27,143

358,057

333,476

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

342,250

358,250

-16,000

362,000

379,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance April 20

April 13

Change

April 6

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,019,000

3,007,000

+12,000

3,093,000

3,309,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,016,148

3,103,469

-87,321

3,201,705

3,292,783

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,055,500

3,073,500

-18,000

3,089,250

3,321,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.4%

2.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.3%

2.4%

-0.1

2.5%

2.6%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 20

April 13

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,447

1,664

-217

1,209

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,033

2,197

-164

2,425


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING

April 13

April 6

Change

Prior Year1


Regular State

3,096,854

3,194,732

-97,878

3,416,232

Federal Employees (UCFE)

18,076

18,704

-628

19,981

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

36,903

37,307

-404

40,632

EUC 20083

1,777,737

1,790,316

-12,579

2,724,432

Extended Benefits4

325

329

-4

354,883

State Additional Benefits 5

7,357

5,596

+1,761

5,278

STC / Workshare 6

26,197

25,096

+1,101

36,277

TOTAL

4,963,449

5,072,080

-108,631

6,597,715


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 129,204,325 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 paid, 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 04/20/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-16,681

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

NY

-6,443

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, food service, and healthcare and social assistance industries.

PA

-3,646

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, professional, scientific and technology, construction, and healthcare and social service industries.

TX

-3,070

 

No comment.

IN

-1,637

 

No comment.

FL

-1,571

 

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

NC

-1,412

 

Fewer layoffs in the commercial machinery, computer equipment, and electronic industries.

GA

-1,355

 

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

IL

-1,196

 

No comment.

SC

-1,131

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

OH

-1,096

 

No comment.

PR

-1,056

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MI

+6,172

 

No comment.

MA

+4,101

 

Layoffs in the educational service industry.

CT

+2,452

 

Layoffs in the educational service industry.

RI

+1,427

 

Layoffs in the educational service industry.


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