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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 13-342-NAT

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February 28, 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 344,000, a decrease of 22,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 366,000. The 4-week moving average was 355,000, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 361,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending February 16, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 16 was 3,074,000, a decrease of 91,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,165,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,155,000, a decrease of 35,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,190,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 307,589 in the week ending February 23, a decrease of 43,208 from the previous week. There were 334,242 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.7 percent during the week ending February 16, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,516,563, a decrease of 152,148 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,668,711. A year earlier, the rate was 3.1 percent and the volume was 3,882,527.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 9 was 5,764,168, an increase of 183,841 from the previous week. There were 7,498,600 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending February 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,352 in the week ending February 16, a decrease of 67 from the prior week. There were 2,303 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 221 from the preceding week.

There were 22,682 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 9, an increase of 403 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,466, a decrease of 144 from the prior week.

States reported 2,005,991 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending February 9, an increase of 186,935 from the prior week. There were 2,904,562 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 February 9 were in Alaska (6.5), Puerto Rico (4.3), Montana (4.2), New Jersey (4.2), Pennsylvania (4.2), Rhode Island (4.1), Wisconsin (4.0), California (3.9), Idaho (3.8), Illinois (3.8), and Massachusetts (3.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 16 were in California (+26,683), Connecticut (+1,747), Massachusetts (+883), and New Mexico (+5), while the largest decreases were in Illinois (-3,285), Kansas (-3,114), Pennsylvania (-2,865), Florida (-2,442), and Ohio (-2,265).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 23

Feb.16

Change

Feb. 9

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

344,000

366,000

-22,000

342,000

373,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

307,589

350,797

-43,208

361,196

334,242

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

355,000

361,750

-6,750

352,750

366,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 16

Feb. 9

Change

Feb 2

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,074,000

3,165,000

-91,000

3,137,000

3,427,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,516,563

3,668,711

-152,148

3,667,051

3,882,527

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,155,000

3,190,500

-35,500

3,193,000

3,449,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.4%

2.5%

-0.1

2.4%

2.7%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.7%

2.9%

-0.2

2.9%

3.1%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 16

Feb. 9

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,352

1,419

-67

1,269

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,303

2,524

-221

2,462


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 9

Feb. 2

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,660,325

3,658,719

+1,606

3,997,789

Federal Employees (UCFE)

22,682

22,279

+403

28,670

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,466

39,610

-144

42,170

EUC 20083

2,005,991

1,819,056

+186,935

2,904,562

Extended Benefits4

644

651

-7

471,371

State Additional Benefits 5

5,723

5,868

-145

4,618

STC / Workshare 6

29,337

34,144

-4,807

49,420

TOTAL

5,764,168

5,580,327

+183,841

7,498,600

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

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 1/26/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IL

-3,285

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative support, and trade industries.

KS

-3,114

 

No comment.

PA

-2,865

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, professional , scientific and technology, retail and wood product industries.

FL

-2,442

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, agriculture, manufacturing, service, and retail industries.

OH

-2,265

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, transportation, and finance industries.

MO

-1,748

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support, and construction industries.

NY

-1,678

 

Fewer layoffs in the food service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

IN

-1,528

 

No comment.

MI

-1,451

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

VA

-1,366

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TN

-1,268

 

No comment.

WI

-1,238

 

No comment.

NC

-1,184

 

Fewer layoffs in the business and textile industries.

KY

-1,045

 

No comment.

NJ

-1,033

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, accommodation and food service, manufacturing, professional and technical industries.

PR

-1,006

 

No comment.



STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

State Supplied Comment

CA

+26,683

Layoffs in all sectors, with the largest increase in the service industry.

CT

+1,747

No comment.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current