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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 13-686-NAT

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April 18, 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 352,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 348,000. The 4-week moving average was 361,250, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 358,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending April 6, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 6 was 3,068,000, a decrease of 35,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,103,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,083,000, a decrease of 2,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,085,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 354,973 in the week ending April 13, a decrease of 1,269 from the previous week. There were 370,482 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending April 6, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 2.6 percent. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,175,060, a decrease of 117,109 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,292,169. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,448,040.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 30 was 5,152,655, a decrease of 124,867 from the previous week. There were 6,765,119 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending March 30.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,422 in the week ending April 6, an increase of 283 from the prior week. There were 2,220 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 77 from the preceding week.

There were 18,831 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 30, a decrease of 960 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,536, a decrease of 554 from the prior week.

States reported 1,782,555 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 30, a decrease of 54,999 from the prior week. There were 2,775,134 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 30 were in Alaska (5.3), Puerto Rico (4.5), New Jersey (3.9), Connecticut (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.7), Wisconsin (3.7), Rhode Island (3.6), Montana (3.5), California (3.4), and Oregon (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 6 were in New York (+20,120), North Carolina (+4,403), Ohio (+3,029), Michigan (+2,894), and Texas (+2,445), while the largest decreases were in California (-12,893), Kentucky (-1,318), Pennsylvania (-1,299), Indiana (-1,066), and Nevada (-761).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance April 13

April 6

Change

March 30

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

352,000

348,000

+4,000

388,000

387,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

354,973

356,242

-1,269

316,948

370,482

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

361,250

358,500

+2,750

355,000

374,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance April 6

March 30

Change

March 23

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,068,000

3,103,000

-35,000

3,091,000

3,328,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,175,060

3,292,169

-117,109

3,350,890

3,448,040

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,083,000

3,085,000

-2,250

3,074,000

3,341,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.4%

2.4%

0.0

2.4%

2.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.6%

-0.1

2.6%

2.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 6

March 30

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,422

1,139

+283

1,296

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,220

2,143

+77

2,564


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 30

March 23

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,287,035

3,342,285

-55,250

3,460,953

Federal Employees (UCFE)

18,831

19,791

-960

21,390

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

37,536

38,090

-554

40,318

EUC 20083

1,782,555

1,837,554

-54,999

2,775,134

Extended Benefits4

463

434

+29

426,673

State Additional Benefits 5

5,677

5,780

-103

4,785

STC / Workshare 6

20,588

33,588

-13,030

35,866

TOTAL

5,152,655

5,277,522

-124,867

6,765,119

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

CA

-12,893

 

Fewer layoffs in all sectors with the largest decrease in the service industry.

KY

-1,318

 

No comment.

PA

-1,299

 

No comment.

IN

-1,066

 

No comment.



STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

State Supplied Comment

NY

+20,120

 

Layoffs in the transportation, educational services, and public administration industries.

NC

+4,403

 

Layoffs in the textile, business service, industrial and commercial machinery, electronic, freight transportation and warehousing, furniture and fixtures industries.

OH

+3,029

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, communications, service, and transportation industries.

MI

+2,894

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TX

+2,445

 

No comment.

NJ

+2,369

 

Layoffs in the educational service, transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food service, and trade industries.

CT

+1,700

 

No comment.

GA

+1,642

 

Layoffs in the administrative support service, manufacturing, trade, and professional and technical service industries.

IL

+1,580

 

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

PR

+1,308

 

No comment.

FL

+1,218

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing and service industries.

MS

+1,170

 

No comment.

AZ

+1,158

 

No comment.

CO

+1,143

 

No comment.

WI

+1,124

 

No comment.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current