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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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March 6, 2014

 

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 323,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 349,000. The 4-week moving average was 336,500, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 338,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending February 22, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 22 was 2,907,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,915,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,927,750, a decrease of 14,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,942,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 317,183 in the week ending March 1, an increase of 5,702 from the previous week. There were 335,680 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending February 22, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,380,582, an increase of 52,160 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,611,062.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 15 was 3,399,445, a decrease of 86,615 from the previous week. There were 5,401,894 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013.

No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending February 15.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,012 in the week ending February 22, a decrease of 166 from the prior week. There were 1,753 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 77 from the preceding week.

There were 20,811 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 15, a decrease of 1,497 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,192, a decrease of 1,378 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending February 15 were in Alaska (5.7), Pennsylvania (4.2), New Jersey (4.1), Rhode Island (4.0), Montana (3.7), California (3.6), Wisconsin (3.6), Connecticut (3.5), Illinois (3.5), and Puerto Rico (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 22 were in Georgia (+7,383), Massachusetts (+3,502), South Carolina (+3,320), Connecticut (+1,376), and Alabama (+1,259), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,973), Missouri (-3,642), New York (-3,572), Michigan (-2,322), and Oregon (-1,810).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 1

Feb. 22

Change

Feb. 15

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

323,000

349,000

-26,000

334,000

340,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

317,183

311,481

+5,702

321,414

335,680

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

336,500

338,500

-2,000

338,250

350,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 22

Feb. 15

Change

Feb. 8

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,907,000

2,915,000

-8,000

2,956,000

3,105,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,380,582

3,328,422

+52,160

3,411,234

3,611,062

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,927,750

2,942,500

-14,750

2,950,750

3,127,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.2%

2.2%

0.0

2.3%

2.4%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.5%

+0.1

2.6%

2.8%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 22

Feb. 15

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,012

1,178

-166

1,138

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,753

1,676

+77

2,188


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 15

Feb. 8

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,323,491

3,405,696

-82,205

3,530,009

Federal Employees (UCFE)

20,811

22,308

-1,497

20,902

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

28,192

29,570

-1,378

38,482

Extended Benefits3

29

98

-69

555

State Additional Benefits 4

9,547

9,478

+69

6,000

STC / Workshare 5

17,375

18,910

-1,535

25,320

STC / TOTAL6

3,399,445

3,486,060

-86,615

5,401,894


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 130,938,360 as denominator.

3 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
4 - 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
5 - 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
6 - Prior year total includes EUC claimants.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED FEBRUARY 22, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-4,973

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

MO

-3,642

Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation and warehousing, and accommodation and food services industries.

NY

-3,572

Fewer layoffs in the construction, food services, retail trade industries.

MI

-2,322

Fewer layoffs in the wholesale trade industries.

OR

-1,810

Decrease reflects return to recent trend levels after last week's increase due to inclement weather.

WA

-1,767

No comment.

TX

-1,617

 

No comment.

IL

-1,574

 

No comment.

OH

-1,172

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

GA

+7,383

Layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, accommodation and food services, and health care and social assistance industries.

MA

+3,502

Layoffs in the educational services industries.

SC

+3,320

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

CT

+1,376

 

No comment.

AL

+1,259

 

Layoffs in the construction, and manufacturing industries.

NC

+1,088

 

Layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments and business services industries.

NJ

+1,064

 

Layoffs in the accommodation and food services, manufacturing, and health care and social assistance industries.


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