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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 April 11, 2013
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 346,000, a decrease of 42,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 388,000. The 4-week moving average was 358,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average of 355,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending March 30, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 30 was 3,079,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,091,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,079,250, an increase of 5,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,074,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 353,973 in the week ending April 6, an increase of 37,025 from the previous week. There were 390,064 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending March 30, 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 3,266,392, a decrease of 84,488 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,350,880. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,470,104.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 23 was 5,277,512, a decrease of 10,573 from the previous week. There were 6,952,894 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 23.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,139 in the week ending March 30, an increase of 30 from the prior week. There were 2,143 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 192 from the preceding week.

There were 19,791 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 23, a decrease of 452 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,090, a decrease of 587 from the prior week.

States reported 1,837,554 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 23, an increase of 37,929 from the prior week. There were 2,794,553 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 23 were in Alaska (5.5), Puerto Rico (4.3), California (3.8), New Jersey (3.8), Rhode Island (3.8), Connecticut (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.7), Wisconsin (3.6), Massachusetts (3.5), and Montana (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 30 were in Pennsylvania (+3,015), New Jersey (+2,409), Illinois (+2,149), Kentucky (+1,718), and Wisconsin (+1,583), while the largest decreases were in Texas (-3,489), California (-2,661), North Carolina (-1,601), Arkansas (-1,221), and Connecticut (-774).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance April 6 March 30 Change March 23 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 346,000 388,000 -42,000 357,000 378,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 353,973 316,948 +37,025 315,620 390,064
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 358,000 355,000 +3,000 343,000 369,250
WEEK ENDING Advance March 30 March 23 Change March 16 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,079,000 3,091,000 -12,000 3,070,000 3,305,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,266,392 3,350,880 -84,488 3,402,007 3,470,104
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,079,250 3,074,000 +5,250 3,077,500 3,356,750

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
March 30
March 23
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,139 1,109 +30 1,159
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,143 2,335 -192 2,277

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
March 23
March 16
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,342,275 3,394,821 -52,546 3,627,993
Federal Employees (UCFE) 19,791 20,243 -452 23,068
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,090 38,677 -587 41,560
EUC 20083 1,837,554 1,799,625 +37,929 2,794,553
Extended Benefits4 434 574 -140 426,907
State Additional Benefits 5 5,780 5,759 +21 4,781
STC / Workshare 6 33,588 28,386 +5,202 34,032
TOTAL 5,277,512 5,288,085 -10,573 6,952,894

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 03/30/2013



STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
TX -3,489 No comment.
CA -2,661 No comment.
NC -1,601 Fewer layoffs in the food service and business service industries.
AR -1,221 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
PA +3,015 Layoffs in the transportation, construction, entertainment, lodging and food service, and healthcare and social services industries.
NJ +2,409 Layoffs in the educational service, transportation and warehousing, and accommodation and food service industries.
IL +2,149 Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and transportation industries.
KY +1,718 No comment.
WI +1,583 No comment.
OR +1,486 No comment.


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