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May 23, 2013

   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending May 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 340,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 363,000. The 4-week moving average was 339,500, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's revised average of 340,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending May 11, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 11 was 2,912,000, a decrease of 112,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,024,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,995,250, a decrease of 23,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,019,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 301,056 in the week ending May 18, a decrease of 19,767 from the previous week. There were 330,427 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent during the week ending May 11, 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 2,766,163, a decrease of 124,662 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,890,825. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,124,324.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 4 was 4,745,266, a decrease of 98,540 from the previous week. There were 6,168,434 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending May 4.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,468 in the week ending May 11, an increase of 47 from the prior week. There were 2,124 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 195 from the preceding week.

There were 18,353 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 4, a decrease of 136 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,141, a decrease of 830 from the prior week.

States reported 1,776,686 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 4, a decrease of 15,415 from the prior week. There were 2,630,544 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 May 4 were in Alaska (5.0), Puerto Rico (4.4), California (3.3), New Jersey (3.2), Connecticut (3.1), New Mexico (3.1), Pennsylvania (3.0), Nevada (2.9), Oregon (2.9) Illinois (2.8), and Wisconsin (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 11 were in California (+15,060), North Carolina (+1,826), Mississippi (+1,341), Florida (+1,329), and Georgia (+1,118), while the largest decreases were in New Mexico (-754), Oregon (-751), New Jersey (-747), Kentucky (-683), and Tennessee (-488).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance May 18

May 11

Change

May 4

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

340,000

363,000

-23,000

328,000

371,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

301,056

320,823

-19,767

302,767

330,427

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

339,500

340,000

-500

338,000

370,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance May 11

May 4

Change

April 27

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,912,000

3,024,000

-112,000

3,013,000

3,296,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,766,163

2,890,825

-124,662

2,971,056

3,124,324

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,995,250

3,019,000

-23,750

3,036,250

3,297,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.3%

2.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.1%

2.2%

-0.1

2.3%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

May 11

May 4

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,468

1,421

+47

1,204

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,124

2,319

-195

2,521


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

May 4

April 27

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,884,504

2,964,353

-79,849

3,141,139

Federal Employees (UCFE)

18,353

18,489

-136

17,520

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

36,141

36,971

-830

38,620

EUC 20083

1,776,686

1,792,101

-15,415

2,630,544

Extended Benefits4

398

502

-104

299,955

State Additional Benefits 5

5,884

5,900

-16

6,363

STC / Workshare 6

23,300

25,490

-2,190

34,293

TOTAL

4,745,266

4,843,806

-98,540

6,168,434


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 129,204,324 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 05/11/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

None

 

 

 


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+15,060

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

NC

+1,826

 

Layoffs in the construction, electronic, rubber, and plastic industries.

MS

+1,341

 

No comment.

FL

+1,329

 

Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail, and service industries.

GA

+1,118

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, accommodation and food service, and construction industries.


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