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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 346,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 357,000. The 4-week moving average was 352,500, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 348,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending May 25, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 25 was 2,952,000, a decrease of 52,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,004,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,975,750, a decrease of 15,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,991,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 293,021 in the week ending June 1, a decrease of 27,102 from the previous week. There were 324,385 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent during the week ending May 25, 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 2,724,677, a decrease of 83,608 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,808,285. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,062,538.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 18 was 4,646,761, an increase of 68,169 from the previous week. There were 5,970,572 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

 

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Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending May 18.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,365 in the week ending May 25, an increase of 299 from the prior week. There were 1,955 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 108 from the preceding week.

There were 17,862 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 18, an increase of 551 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 35,944, an increase of 614 from the prior week.

States reported 1,760,593 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 18, an increase of 33,934 from the prior week. There were 2,572,613 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 May 18 were in Alaska (4.9), Puerto Rico (4.3), California (3.2), New Mexico (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Connecticut (3.0), Pennsylvania (3.0), Nevada (2.8), Oregon (2.7), and Illinois (2.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 25 were in California (+8,622), Missouri (+2,999), Kentucky (+1,750), Pennsylvania (+1,333), and Kansas (+1,325), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-2,185), North Carolina (-1,747), South Carolina (-867), Tennessee (-686), and Texas (-608).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance June 1 May 25 Change May 18 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 346,000 357,000 -11,000 344,000 378,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 293,021 320,123 -27,102 304,079 324,385
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 352,500 348,000 +4,500 340,500 376,000
WEEK ENDING Advance May 25 May 18 Change May 11 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,952,000 3,004,000 -52,000 2,923,000 3,325,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,724,677 2,808,285 -83,608 2,776,720 3,062,538
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,975,750 2,991,000 -15,250 2,998,000 3,303,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.3% 0.0 2.3% 2.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.1% 2.2% -0.1 2.1% 2.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
May 25
May 18
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,365 1,066 +299 1,459
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,955 2,063 -108 2,304

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
May 18
May 11
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 2,801,318 2,771,022 +30,296 3,051,687
Federal Employees (UCFE) 17,862 17,311 +551 16,186
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 35,944 35,330 +614 38,482
EUC 20083 1,760,593 1,726,659 +33,934 2,572,613
Extended Benefits4 386 463 -77 253,605
State Additional Benefits 5 5,459 5,858 -399 5,771
STC / Workshare 6 25,199 21,949 +3,250 32,228
TOTAL 4,646,761 4,578,592 +68,169 5,970,572

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 05/25/2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI -2,185 No comment.
NC -1,747 Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +8,622 Layoffs in the service industry.
MO +2,999 Layoffs in the accommodations and food service, transportation and warehousing, manufacturing industries.
KY +1,750 No comment.
PA +1,333 Layoffs in the transportation equipment, entertainment, lodging and food service, and manufacturing industries.
KS +1,325 Layoffs in the education service and transportation industries.
FL +1,198 Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, trade, retail, and service industries.


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