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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 13-431-NAT

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March 14, 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 332,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 342,000. The 4-week moving average was 346,750, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 349,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending March 2, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 2 was 3,024,000, a decrease of 89,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,113,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,098,250, a decrease of 28,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,126,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 315,356 in the week ending March 9, a decrease of 20,324 from the previous week. There were 340,102 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent during the week ending March 2, 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 3,474,738, a decrease of 136,324 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,611,062. A year earlier, the rate was 3.1 percent and the volume was 3,862,329.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 23 was 5,619,860, an increase of 217,967 from the previous week. There were 7,424,041 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending February 23.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,259 in the week ending March 2, an increase of 121 from the prior week. There were 2,478 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 290 from the preceding week.

There were 21,524 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 23, an increase of 622 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,286, an increase of 804 from the prior week.

States reported 1,917,158 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending February 23, an increase of 136,532 from the prior week. There were 2,875,795 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 February 23 were in Alaska (6.2), Puerto Rico (4.7), Rhode Island (4.5), Connecticut (4.2), New Jersey (4.2), Montana (4.1), Pennsylvania (4.1), Massachusetts (4.0), Wisconsin (3.9), California (3.7), Illinois (3.7), and Oregon (3.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 2 were in California (+11,720), New York (+7,900), Missouri (+2,722), Kansas (+1,419), and Washington (+813), while the largest decreases were in Massachusetts (-4,193), North Carolina (-1,146), Connecticut (-913), Michigan (-909), and Florida (-726).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 9

March. 2

Change

Feb. 23

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

332,000

342,000

-10,000

347,000

363,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

315,356

335,680

-20,324

310,191

340,102

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

346,750

349,500

-2,750

356,000

368,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance March. 2

Feb. 23

Change

Feb 16

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,024,000

3,113,000

-89,000

3,091,000

3,394,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,474,738

3,611,062

-136,324

3,536,461

3,862,329

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,098,250

3,126,500

-28,250

3,159,250

3,416,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.4%

2.4%

0.0

2.4%

2.7%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.7%

2.8%

-0.1

2.7%

3.1%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March. 2

Feb. 23

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,259

1,138

+121

1,302

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,478

2,188

+290

2,713


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 23

Feb. 16

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,603,285

3,530,008

+73,277

3,977,892

Federal Employees (UCFE)

21,524

20,902

+622

27,457

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,286

38,482

+804

42,049

EUC 20083

1,917,158

1,780,626

+136,532

2,875,795

Extended Benefits4

549

555

-6

453,300

State Additional Benefits 5

8,064

6,000

+2,064

4,771

STC / Workshare 6

29,994

25,320

+4,674

42,777

TOTAL

5,619,860

5,401,893

+217,967

7,424,041

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 128,613,913 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 1/26/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MA

-4,193

 

Fewer layoffs in educational service and transportation industries.

NC

-1,146

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and transportation equipment industries.



STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

State Supplied Comment

CA

+11,720

Layoffs in the service industry.

NY

+7,900

Layoffs in the transportation, food service, and educational industries.

MO

+2,722

Layoffs in the construction, transportation and warehouse, and manufacturing industries.

KS

+1,419

No comment.

 

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UI Claims Series 1967 to current