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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 13-547-NAT

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April 4, 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 385,000, an increase of 28,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 357,000. The 4-week moving average was 354,250, an increase of 11,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 343,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending March 23, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 23 was 3,063,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,071,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,067,250, a decrease of 10,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,077,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 314,016 in the week ending March 30, a decrease of 1,596 from the previous week. There were 315,714 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending March 23, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,320,163, a decrease of 82,391 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,402,554. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,636,712.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 16 was 5,288,614, a decrease of 167,165 from the previous week. There were 7,050,710 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending March 16.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,109 in the week ending March 23, a decrease of 67 from the prior week. There were 2,335 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 65 from the preceding week.

There were 20,240 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 16, a decrease of 113 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,662, an increase of 339 from the prior week.

States reported 1,799,625 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 16, a decrease of 106,699 from the prior week. There were 2,815,108 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 March 16 were in Alaska (5.7), Puerto Rico (4.4), New Jersey (4.0), Rhode Island (4.0), Pennsylvania (3.9), Connecticut (3.8), Montana (3.8), Wisconsin (3.7), California (3.6), and Massachusetts (3.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 23 were in California (+8,712), Texas (+2,736), Kansas (+1,611), Arkansas (+1,542), and Pennsylvania (+1,448), while the largest decreases were in Virginia (-1,117), Massachusetts (-804), South Carolina (-602), Puerto Rico (-529), and North Carolina (-503).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 30

March 23

Change

March 16

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

385,000

357,000

+28,000

341,000

368,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

314,016

315,612

-1,596

300,951

315,714

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

354,250

343,000

+11,250

340,750

365,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance March 23

March 16

Change

March 9

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,063,000

3,071,000

-8,000

3,077,000

3,361,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,320,163

3,402,554

-82,391

3,461,493

3,636,712

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,067,250

3,077,750

-10,500

3,085,500

3,382,200


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.4%

2.4%

0.0

2.4%

2.7%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.7%

2.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 23

March 16

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,109

1,176

-67

1,163

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,335

2,270

+65

2,421


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 16

March 9

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,395,368

3,453,591

-58,223

3,691,340

Federal Employees (UCFE)

20,240

20,353

-113

23,794

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,662

38,323

+339

41,670

EUC 20083

1,799,625

1,906,324

-106,699

2,815,108

Extended Benefits4

574

563

+11

440,660

State Additional Benefits 5

5,759

4,959

-200

4,844

STC / Workshare 6

28,386

30,666

-2,280

33,294

TOTAL

5,288,614

5,455,779

-167,165

7,050,710

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

VA

-1,117

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.



STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

State Supplied Comment

CA

+8,712

 

Layoffs in the service, retail, and wholesale industries.

TX

+2,736

 

No comment.

KS

+1,611

 

No comment.

AR

+1,542

 

No comment.

PA

+1,448

 

Layoffs in the transportation, construction, entertainment, lodging, food seervice, and metal industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current