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U.S. Department of Labor
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Note: This week's release reflects the annual revision to the weekly unemployment claims seasonal adjustment factors. The seasonal adjustment factors used for the UI Weekly Claims data from 2008 forward, along with the resulting seasonally adjusted values for initial claims and continuing claims, have been revised. These revised historical values, as well as the seasonal adjustment factors that will be used through calendar year 2013, can be accessed at the bottom of the following link: http://www.oui.doleta.gov/press/2013/032813.asp

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 357,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 341,000. The 4-week moving average was 343,000, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 340,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending March 16, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 16 was 3,050,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,077,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,072,500, a decrease of 13,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,085,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 315,657 in the week ending March 23, an increase of 14,706 from the previous week. There were 323,373 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending March 16, 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 3,379,090, a decrease of 82,403 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,461,493. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,699,473.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 9 was 5,455,757, an increase of 86,750 from the previous week. There were 7,158,470 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 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,176 in the week ending March 16, an increase of 99 from the prior week. There were 2,270 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 219 from the preceding week.

There were 20,331 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 9, a decrease of 386 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,323, an increase of 32 from the prior week.

States reported 1,906,324 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 9, an increase of 125,481 from the prior week. There were 2,812,666 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 9 were in Alaska (5.8), Puerto Rico (4.5), Rhode Island (4.1), New Jersey (4.0), Connecticut (3.9), Montana (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.9), Wisconsin (3.8), California (3.7), and Massachusetts (3.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 16 were in California (+3,007), Virginia (+1,165), Mississippi (+485), North Dakota (+54), and Puerto Rico (+38), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-2,497), New York (-2,116), Georgia (-2,023), North Carolina (-1,340), and Ohio (-1,192).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance March 23 March 16 Change March 9 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 357,000 341,000 +16,000 334,000 363,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 315,657 300,951 +14,706 317,526 323,373
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 343,000 340,750 +2,250 347,000 367,000
WEEK ENDING Advance March 16 March 9 Change March 2 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,050,000 3,077,000 -27,000 3,058,000 3,372,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,379,090 3,461,493 -82,403 3,501,920 3,699,473
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,072,500 3,085,500 -13,000 3,107,000 3,399,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.4% 2.4% 0.0 2.4% 2.7%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.6% 2.7% -0.1 2.7% 2.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
March 16
March 9
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,176 1,077 +99 1,147
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,270 2,489 -219 2,435

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
March 9
March 2
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,453,591 3,494,249 -40,658 3,804,640
Federal Employees (UCFE) 20,331 20,717 -386 25,441
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,323 38,291 +32 41,733
EUC 20083 1,906,324 1,780,843 +125,481 2,812,666
Extended Benefits4 563 544 +19 426,109
State Additional Benefits 5 5,959 4,807 +1,152 4,900
STC / Workshare 6 30,666 29,556 +1,110 42,981
TOTAL 5,455,757 5,369,007 +86,750 7,158,470

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 03/16/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
PA -2,497 Fewer layoffs in construction, entertainment, lodging and food service, professional, scientific and technology, and transportation industries.
NY -2,116 Fewer layoffs in construction, professional, scientific and technology, and transportation industries.
GA -2,023 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, and trade industries.
NC -1,340 Fewer layoff in the commercial machinery, computer equipment, and construction industries.
OH -1,192 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MI -1,092 Fewer layoffs across all industries.
KY -1,007 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +3,007 Layoffs in the service industry.
VA +1,165 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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