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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 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.

 

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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).

 

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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

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIALS CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 03/02/2013
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.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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