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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 April 25, 2013
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 355,000. The 4-week moving average was 357,500, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 362,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending April 13, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 13 was 3,000,000, a decrease of 93,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,093,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,071,750, a decrease of 17,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,089,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 323,529 in the week ending April 20, a decrease of 34,690 from the previous week. There were 370,632 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending April 13, 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 3,096,372, a decrease of 104,847 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,201,219. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,425,138.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 6 was 5,071,050, a decrease of 81,605 from the previous week. There were 6,683,265 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 6.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,660 in the week ending April 13, an increase of 238 from the prior week. There were 2,147 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 73 from the preceding week.

There were 18,708 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 6, a decrease of 123 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,743, a decrease of 793 from the prior week.

States reported 1,790,316 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 6, an increase of 7,761 from the prior week. There were 2,729,204 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 6 were in Alaska (5.1), Puerto Rico (4.4), New Jersey (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.6), Wisconsin (3.5), California (3.4), Connecticut (3.4), Illinois (3.4), Oregon (3.2), and Rhode Island (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 13 were in California (+24,303), Texas (+3,050), Florida (+2,623), Indiana (+2,372), and Arizona (+1,296), while the largest decreases were in New York (-14,113), Michigan (-5,998), New Jersey (-4,204), Ohio (-3,036), and Illinois (-2,455).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance April 20 April 13 Change April 6 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 339,000 355,000 -16,000 348,000 381,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 323,529 358,219 -34,690 356,242 370,632
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 357,500 362,000 -4,500 358,500 378,500
WEEK ENDING Advance April 13 April 6 Change March 30 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,000,000 3,093,000 -93,000 3,103,000 3,345,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,096,372 3,201,219 -104,847 3,292,169 3,425,138
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,071,750 3,089,250 -17,500 3,085,250 3,334,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.4% -0.1 2.4% 2.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.4% 2.5% -0.1 2.6% 2.7%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
April 13
April 6
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,660 1,422 +238 1,189
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,147 2,220 -73 2,349

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
April 6
March 30
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,194,237 3,287,035 -92,798 3,438,628
Federal Employees (UCFE) 18,708 18,831 -123 21,340
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 36,743 37,536 -793 40,562
EUC 20083 1,790,316 1,782,555 +7,761 2,729,204
Extended Benefits4 329 463 -134 412,411
State Additional Benefits 5 5,596 5,677 -81 4,483
STC / Workshare 6 25,121 20,558 +4,563 36,637
TOTAL 5,071,050 5,152,655 -81,605 6,683,265

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 129,204,324 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 04/13/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -14,113 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, educational services, and food service industries.
MI -5,998 Fewer layoffs in the enterprise industry.
NJ -4,204 Fewer layoffs in the educational services, accommodation and food service, transportation and warehousing, public administration, trade, construction, and manufacturing industries.
OH -3,036 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, transportation, and communication industries.
IL -2,455 No comment.
OR -2,025 No comment.
MA -1,075 Fewer layoffs in the professional services, accommodation and food service, and finance and insurance industries.
WI -1,018 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +24,303 Layoffs in the service industry.
TX +3,050 No comment.
FL +2,623 Layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, service, retail, and trade industries.
IN +2,372 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AZ +1,296 No comment.
AK +1,211 No comment.
SC +1,200 Layoffs in the metal, manufacturing, and transportation industries.


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