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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Feb. 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 338,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 331,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,250, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 327,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.0 percent for the week ending Feb. 17, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 1.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb. 17 was 2,640,000, an increase of 134,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,506,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,547,250, an increase of 24,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,523,250.  

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 299,303 in the week ending Feb. 24, a decrease of 6,592 from the previous week. There were 272,478 initial claims in the comparable week in 2006.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending Feb. 17, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,094,630, an increase of 100,522 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.3 percent and the volume was 2,905,648.

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Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Feb. 10.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 886 in the week ending Feb. 17, a decrease of 361 from the prior week. There were 1,582 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 239 from the preceding week.

There were 16,201 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Feb. 10, a decrease of 4,470 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 24,154, a decrease of 1,190 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Feb. 10 were in Alaska (4.6 percent), Michigan (4.3), Wisconsin (4.1), Pennsylvania (3.6), Rhode Island (3.6), Massachusetts (3.3), New Jersey (3.3), Illinois (3.2), Puerto Rico (3.2), and Vermont (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Feb. 17 were in Rhode Island (+305), Alabama (+297), Kansas (+193), Idaho (+191), and Mississippi (+156), while the largest decreases were in Ohio (-6,655), Pennsylvania (-4,743), Michigan (-4,087), North Carolina (-3,873), and New Jersey
(-3,813).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Feb. 24 Feb. 17 Change Feb. 10 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 338,000 331,000 +7,000 359,000 308,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 299,303 305,895 -6,592 363,018 272,478
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 335,250 327,750 +7,500 326,750 301,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Feb. 17 Feb. 10 Change Feb. 3 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,640,000 2,506,000 +134,000 2,554,000 2,496,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,094,630 2,994,108 +100,522 3,079,780 2,905,648
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,547,250 2,523,250 +24,000 2,517,250 2,514,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.0% 1.9% +0.1 1.9% 1.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.4% 2.3% +0.1 2.3% 2.3%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Feb. 17
Feb. 10
Change
Year

Federal Employees 886 1,247 -361 900
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,582 1,821 -239 1,941

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Feb. 10
Feb. 3
Change
Year

Federal Employees 16,201 20,671 -4,470 17,791
Newly Discharged Veterans 24,154 25,344 -1,190 28,973
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 0 1 -1 4,355

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 131,188,612 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 02/17/2007 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
OH -6,655 No comment.
PA -4,743 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and transportation industries.
MI -4,087 No comment.
NC -3,873 Fewer layoffs in the fabricated metals, lumber/wood, textile, apparel, and furniture industries.
NJ -3,813 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
WI -3,755 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.
IL -3,632 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
CA -2,758 Decrease due to a shorter workweek.
SC -2,616 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
VA -2,258 No comment.
IN -1,956 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
FL -1,941 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MA -1,568 No comment.
TN -1,557 Fewer layoffs in the food industry.
MO -1,553 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
MN -1,318 Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.
MD -1,018 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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