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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 324,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 342,000. The 4-week moving average was 342,250, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised average of 358,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending April 20, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 20 was 3,019,000, an increase of 12,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,007,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,055,500, a decrease of 18,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,073,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 298,692 in the week ending April 27, a decrease of -27,143 from the previous week. There were 333,476 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending April 20, 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 3,016,148, a decrease of 87,321 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,103,469. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,292,783.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 13 was 4,963,449, a decrease of 108,631 from the previous week. There were 6,597,715 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 April 13.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,447 in the week ending April 20, a decrease of 217 from the prior week. There were 2,033 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 164 from the preceding week.

There were 18,076 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 13, a decrease of 628 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,903, a decrease of 404 from the prior week.

States reported 1,777,737 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 13, a decrease of 12,579 from the prior week. There were 2,724,432 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 April 13 were in Alaska (5.1), Puerto Rico (4.2), New Jersey (3.6), Wisconsin (3.6), California (3.4), Connecticut (3.3), Pennsylvania (3.3), Illinois (3.2), New Mexico (3.2), and Oregon (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 20 were in Michigan (+6,172), Massachusetts (+4,101), Connecticut (+2,452), Rhode Island (+1,427), and Nevada (+535), while the largest decreases were in California (-16,681), New York (-6,443), Pennsylvania (-3,646), Texas (-3,070), and Indiana (-1,637).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance April 27 April 20 Change April 13 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 324,000 342,000 -18,000 355,000 371,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 298,692 325,835 -27,143 358,057 333,476
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 342,250 358,250 -16,000 362,000 379,250
WEEK ENDING Advance April 20 April 13 Change April 6 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,019,000 3,007,000 +12,000 3,093,000 3,309,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,016,148 3,103,469 -87,321 3,201,705 3,292,783
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,055,500 3,073,500 -18,000 3,089,250 3,321,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.3% 0.0 2.4% 2.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.3% 2.4% -0.1 2.5% 2.6%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
April 20
April 13
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,447 1,664 -217 1,209
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,033 2,197 -164 2,425

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
April 13
April 6
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,096,854 3,194,732 -97,878 3,416,232
Federal Employees (UCFE) 18,076 18,704 -628 19,981
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 36,903 37,307 -404 40,632
EUC 20083 1,777,737 1,790,316 -12,579 2,724,432
Extended Benefits4 325 329 -4 354,883
State Additional Benefits 5 7,357 5,596 +1,761 5,278
STC / Workshare 6 26,197 25,096 +1,101 36,277
TOTAL 4,963,449 5,072,080 -108,631 6,597,715

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 129,204,325 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 04/20/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -16,681 Fewer layoffs in the service industry.
NY -6,443 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, food service, and healthcare and social assistance industries.
PA -3,646 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, professional, scientific and technology, construction, and healthcare and social service industries.
TX -3,070 No comment.
IN -1,637 No comment.
FL -1,571 Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, trade, retail, and service industries.
NC -1,412 Fewer layoffs in the commercial machinery, computer equipment, and electronic industries.
GA -1,355 Fewer layoffs in the administrative and support service, construction, manufacturing, and trade industries.
IL -1,196 No comment.
SC -1,131 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
OH -1,096 No comment.
PR -1,056 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI +6,172 No comment.
MA +4,101 Layoffs in the educational service industry.
CT +2,452 Layoffs in the educational service industry.
RI +1,427 Layoffs in the educational service industry.


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