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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending May 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 637,000, an increase of 32,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 605,000. The 4-week moving average was 630,500, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average of 624,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.9 percent for the week ending May 2, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.8 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 2 was 6,560,000, an increase of 202,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,358,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,337,250, an increase of 128,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,208,500.
The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.011 million.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 565,395 in the week ending May 9, an increase of 27,856 from the previous week. There were 325,480 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6 percent during the
week ending May 2, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number
for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,166,785, a decrease
of 95,837 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1 percent
and the volume was 2,845,952.
Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending April 25.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,218 in the week ending May 2, an increase of 104 from the prior week. There were 1,684 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 3 from the preceding week.
There were 16,542 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 25, a decrease of 63 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,528, a decrease of 768 from the prior week.
States reported 2,156,515 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 25, a decrease of 122,963 from the prior week. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending April 25 were in Michigan (7.8 percent), Oregon (7.5), Pennsylvania (6.5), Wisconsin (6.4), Nevada (6.3), Idaho (6.1), Puerto Rico (5.9), Vermont (5.8), Alaska (5.7), and Rhode Island (5.7).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 2 were in Illinois (+2,052), Kansas (+2,025), Puerto Rico (+1,781), Indiana (+1,051), and Ohio (+1,013), while the largest decreases were in New York (-13,386), Michigan (-10,952), North Carolina (-8,988), Massachusetts (-3,705), and Connecticut (-2,802).
|WEEK ENDING||May 9||May 2||Change||April 25||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||637,000||605,000||+32,000||635,000||375,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||565,395||537,539||+27,856||580,377||325,480|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||630,500||624,500||+6,000||638,250||369,500|
|WEEK ENDING||May 2||April 25||Change||April 18||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||6,560,000||6,358,000||+202,000||6,293,000||3,063,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||6,166,785||6,262,622||-95,837||6,299,278||2,845,952|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||6,337,250||6,208,500||+128,750||6,081,500||3,006,750|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||4.9%||4.8%||+0.1||4.7%||2.3%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,684||1,681||+3||1,386|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||28,528||29,296||-768||21,021|
|Railroad Retirement Board||10,000||10,000||0||2,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 05/02/2009
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|NY||-13,386||Fewer layoffs in the transportation and service industries.|
|MI||-10,952||Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|NC||-8,988||Fewer layoffs in the primary metals, fabricated metals, lumber/wood, industrial machinery, textile, transportation equipment, construction, and trade industries.|
|CT||-2,802||Fewer layoffs in the transportation and service industries.|
|GA||-2,483||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|VA||-1,729||Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.|
|AL||-1,664||Fewer layoffs in the textile and wood products industries.|
|SC||-1,270||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|IN||+1,051||Layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|KS||+2,025||Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|IL||+2,052||Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.|
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