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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 484,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 460,000. The 4-week moving average was 457,750, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 450,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending April 3, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 3 was 4,639,000, an increase of 73,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,566,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,638,500, a decrease of 13,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,652,250.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.217 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 514,742 in the week ending April 10, an increase of 99,730 from the previous week. There were 610,522 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.8 percent during the week ending April 3, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,931,188, a decrease of 114,048 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.7 percent and the volume was 6,327,841.

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending March 27.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,240 in the week ending April 3, an increase of 53 from the prior week. There were 3,114 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 801 from the preceding week.

There were 20,933 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 27, a decrease of 67 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 34,694, a decrease of 2,190 from the prior week.

States reported 5,855,301 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 27, an increase of 261,817 from the prior week. There were 2,148,241 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 27 were in Alaska (6.8 percent), Oregon (6.0), Puerto Rico (5.9), Pennsylvania (5.6), Wisconsin (5.5), Michigan (5.4), Montana (5.3), Idaho (5.2), Nevada (5.2), California (4.8), North Carolina (4.8), and Rhode Island (4.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 3 were in Pennsylvania (+5,314), New Jersey (+3,582), Illinois (+2,250), Ohio (+1,769), and Washington (+1,673), while the largest decreases were in Texas (-3,138), California (-2,973), Florida (-2,646), North Carolina (-1,839), and Puerto Rico
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 10 April 3 Change March 27 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 484,000 460,000 +24,000 442,000 609,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 514,742 415,012 +99,730 408,204 610,522
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 457,750 450,250 +7,500 448,000 636,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 3 March 27 Change March 20 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,639,000 4,566,000 +73,000 4,681,000 5,992,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,931,188 5,045,236 -114,048 5,195,732 6,327,841
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,638,500 4,652,250 -13,750 4,684,250 5,811,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.6% 3.5% +0.1 3.6% 4.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.8% 3.9% -0.1 4.0% 4.7%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
April 3
March 27
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,240 1,187 +53 1,073
Newly Discharged Veterans 3,114 2,313 +801 1,707

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
March 27
March 20
Change
Year

Federal Employees 20,933 21,000 -67 18,596
Newly Discharged Veterans 34,694 36,884 -2,190 28,738
Railroad Retirement Board 8,000 8,000 0 9,000
Extended Benefits 114,711 214,427 -99,716 32,324
EUC 20083 5,855,301 5,593,484 +261,817 2,148,241

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 128,298,468 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 04/03/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
TX -3,138 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
CA -2,973 Decrease due to a shorter workweek (recognizing March 31, 2010, as a state holiday).
FL -2,646 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
NC -1,839 Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, paper, and transportation industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
KY +1,263 No comment.
NV +1,450 Layoffs in the service industry.
WA +1,673 No comment.
OH +1,769 No comment.
IL +2,250 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
NJ +3,582 Layoffs in the public administration, transportation, warehousing, service, and manufacturing industries.
PA +5,314 Layoffs in the construction, service, food, and transportation industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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