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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.

 

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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).

 

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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 3,382,000

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 5,959 -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

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 03/23/2013


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.


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