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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 344,000, a decrease of 22,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 366,000. The 4-week moving average was 355,000, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 361,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending February 16, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 16 was 3,074,000, a decrease of 91,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,165,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,155,000, a decrease of 35,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,190,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 307,589 in the week ending February 23, a decrease of 43,208 from the previous week. There were 334,242 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent during the week ending February 16, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,516,563, a decrease of 152,148 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,668,711. A year earlier, the rate was 3.1 percent and the volume was 3,882,527.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 9 was 5,764,168, an increase of 183,841 from the previous week. There were 7,498,600 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

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Extended Benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending February 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,352 in the week ending February 16, a decrease of 67 from the prior week. There were 2,303 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 221 from the preceding week.

There were 22,682 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 9, an increase of 403 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,466, a decrease of 144 from the prior week.

States reported 2,005,991 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending February 9, an increase of 186,935 from the prior week. There were 2,904,562 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 9 were in Alaska (6.5), Puerto Rico (4.3), Montana (4.2), New Jersey (4.2), Pennsylvania (4.2), Rhode Island (4.1), Wisconsin (4.0), California (3.9), Idaho (3.8), Illinois (3.8), and Massachusetts (3.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 16 were in California (+26,683), Connecticut (+1,747), Massachusetts (+883), and New Mexico (+5), while the largest decreases were in Illinois (-3,285), Kansas (-3,114), Pennsylvania (-2,865), Florida (-2,442), and Ohio (-2,265).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Feb. 23 Feb. 16 Change Feb. 9 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 344,000 366,000 -22,000 342,000 373,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 307,589 350,797 -43,208 361,196 334,242
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 355,000 361,750 -6,750 352,750 366,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Feb. 16 Feb. 9 Change Feb. 2 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,074,000 3,165,000 -91,000 3,137,000 3,427,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,516,563 3,668,711 -152,148 3,667,051 3,882,527
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,155,000 3,190,500 -35,500 3,193,000 3,449,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.4% 2.5% -0.1 2.4% 2.7%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.7% 2.9% -0.2 2.9% 3.1%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Feb. 16
Feb. 9
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,352 1,419 -67 1,269
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,303 2,524 -221 2,462

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Feb. 9
Feb. 2
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,660,325 3,658,719 +1,606 3,997,789
Federal Employees (UCFE) 22,682 22,279 +403 28,670
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 39,466 39,610 -144 42,170
EUC 20083 2,005,991 1,819,056 +186,935 2,904,562
Extended Benefits4 644 651 -7 471,371
State Additional Benefits 5 5,723 5,868 -145 4,618
STC / Workshare 6 29,337 34,144 -4,807 49,420
TOTAL 5,764,168 5,580,327 +183,841 7,498,600

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 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 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 02/16/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
IL -3,285 Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative support, and trade industries.
KS -3,114 No comment.
PA -2,865 Fewer layoffs in the construction, professional , scientific and technology, retail and wood product industries.
FL -2,442 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, agriculture, manufacturing, service, and retail industries.
OH -2,265 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, transportation, and finance industries.
MO -1,748 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support, and construction industries.
NY -1,678 Fewer layoffs in the food service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
IN -1,528 No comment.
MI -1,451 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
VA -1,366 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TN -1,268 No comment.
WI -1,238 No comment.
NC -1,184 Fewer layoffs in the business and textile industries.
KY -1,045 No comment.
NJ -1,033 Fewer layoffs in the trade, accommodation and food service, manufacturing, professional and technical industries.
PR -1,006 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +26,683 Layoffs in all sectors, with the largest increase in the service industry.
CT +1,747 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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