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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL13-1050 -NAT

   
   

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May 30, 2013

   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending May 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 354,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 344,000. The 4-week moving average was 347,250, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 340,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending May 18, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 18 was 2,986,000, an increase of 63,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,923,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,986,500, a decrease of 11,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,998,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 317,732 in the week ending May 25, an increase of 13,653 from the previous week. There were 346,260 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending May 18, an increase 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 2,792,143, an increase of 15,423 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,776,720. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,060,148.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 11 was 4,578,592, a decrease of 166,659 from the previous week. There were 6,138,246 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending May 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,066 in the week ending May 18, a decrease of 405 from the prior week. There were 2,063 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 66 from the preceding week.

There were 17,311 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 11, a decrease of 1,038 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 35,330, a decrease of 827 from the prior week.

States reported 1,726,659 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 11, a decrease of 50,027 from the prior week. There were 2,618,445 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 11 were in Alaska (4.9), Puerto Rico (4.5), New Jersey (3.1), New Mexico (3.1), Connecticut (3.0), California (2.9), Pennsylvania (2.9), Nevada (2.8), Oregon (2.8), Illinois (2.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 18 were in South Carolina (+1,263), Tennessee (+1,191), Missouri (+785), Michigan (+634), and Massachusetts (+610), while the largest decreases were in California (-16,334), Georgia (-1,802), Illinois (-1,198), Kentucky (-902), and Ohio (-623).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance May 25

May 18

Change

May 11

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

354,000

344,000

+10,000

363,000

382,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

317,732

304,079

+13,653

320,873

346,260

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

347,250

340,500

+6,750

340,000

373,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance May 18

May 11

Change

May 4

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,986,000

2,923,000

+63,000

3,024,000

3,283,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,792,143

2,776,720

+15,423

2,890,798

3,060,148

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,986,500

2,998,000

-11,500

3,019,000

3,291,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.3%

2.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.2%

2.1%

+0.1

2.2%

2.4%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

May 18

May 11

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,066

1,471

-405

1,199

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,063

2,129

-66

2,532


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

May 11

May 4

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,771,022

2,884,477

-113,455

3,116,948

Federal Employees (UCFE)

17,311

18,349

-1,038

16,047

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

35,330

36,157

-827

39,147

EUC 20083

1,726,659

1,776,686

-50,027

2,618,445

Extended Benefits4

463

398

+65

312,434

State Additional Benefits 5

5,858

5,884

-26

5,286

STC / Workshare 6

21,949

23,300

-1,351

29,939

TOTAL

4,578,592

4,745,251

-166,659

6,138,246


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 05/18/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-16,334

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

GA

-1,802

 

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

IL

-1,198

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

State Supplied Comment

SC

+1,263

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TN

+1,191

 

Layoffs in the administrative and support service, food and drinks service, trade contractors, social assistance, and technical service industries.


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