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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
In the week ending May 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 370,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 372,000. The 4-week moving average was 370,000, a decrease of 5,500 from the previous week's revised average of 375,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending May 12, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 12 was 3,260,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,289,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,271,500, a decrease of 17,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,288,750.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 327,595 in the week ending May 19, an increase of 2,515 from the previous week. There were 376,632 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the
week ending May 12, 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 3,106,534, a decrease of 43,864 from the preceding week. A year earlier,
the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,549,972.
The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 5 was 6,168,620, a decrease of 105,004 from the previous week.
Extended benefits were available in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and West Virginia during the week ending May 5.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,204 in the week ending May 12, an increase of 7 from the prior week. There were 2,521 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 85 from the preceding week.
There were 17,523 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 5, a decrease of 172 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,632, a decrease of 1,057 from the prior week.
States reported 2,630,507 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 5, a decrease of 35,500 from the prior week. There were 3,411,860 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending May 5 were in Alaska (4.9), California (3.6), Puerto Rico (3.6), Pennsylvania (3.5), New Jersey (3.4), Oregon (3.4), Connecticut (3.2), Illinois (3.1), Nevada (3.1), Rhode Island (3.0), and Wisconsin (3.0).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 12 were in North Carolina (+1,956), Mississippi (+675), Tennessee (+474), Alabama (+428), and Florida (+373), while the largest decreases were in California (-3,478), New York (-3,094), Missouri (-2,111), Texas (-1,446), and Illinois (-1,316).
|WEEK ENDING||Advance May 19||May 12||Change||May 5||Prior Year1|
|Initial Claims (SA)||370,000||372,000||-2,000||370,000||424,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||327,595||325,080||+2,515||341,080||376,632|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||370,000||375,500||-5,500||379,750||434,000|
|WEEK ENDING||Advance May 12||May 5||Change||April 28||Prior Year1|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||3,260,000||3,289,000||-29,000||3,247,000||3,737,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||3,106,534||3,150,398||-43,864||3,210,827||3,549,972|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||3,271,500||3,288,750||-17,250||3,294,500||3,761,250|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||2.6%||2.6%||0.0||2.6%||3.0%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||2,521||2,606||-85||2,482|
|Federal Employees (UCFE)||17,523||17,695||-172||26,002|
|Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)||38,632||39,689||-1,057||36,022|
|State Additional Benefits 5||6,363||7,079||-716||28,625|
|STC / Workshare 6||34,298||36,874||-2,576||53,003|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 05/12/2012
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|CA||-3,478||Fewer layoff in the service, agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries.|
|NY||-3,094||Fewer layoffs in the construction, professional, scientific, technical service, and retail industries.|
|MO||-2,111||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|NC||+1,956||Layoffs in the furniture and fixtures, textile, and business industries as well as nonclassifiable establishments.|
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