Skip to content
  ETA Home   ETA_News_Releases>    

News Release

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL14-0429-NAT

   

Program Contacts:

TRANSMISSION OF MATERIAL IN THIS

Tom Stengle (202) 693-2991

RELEASE IS EMBARGOED UNTIL

Tony Sznoluch (202) 693-3176

8:30 A.M. (Eastern), Thursday

Media Contact: (202) 693-4676

March 20, 2014

 

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 320,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 315,000. The 4-week moving average was 327,000, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 330,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending March 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 8 was 2,889,000, an increase of 41,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,848,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,897,250, a decrease of 16,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,914,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 285,316 in the week ending March 15, a decrease of 16,995 from the previous week. There were 300,951 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending March 8, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,247,226, a decrease of 30,757 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,461,493.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 1 was 3,350,028, a decrease of 100,729 from the previous week. There were 5,369,007 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 March 1.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,057 in the week ending March 8, a decrease of 102 from the prior week. There were 1,968 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 59 from the preceding week.

There were 19,115 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 1, a decrease of 1,697 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,878, a decrease of 1,597 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 1 were in Alaska (5.5), New Jersey (4.0), Rhode Island (4.0), Connecticut (3.9), Connecticut (3.8), California (3.7), Montana (3.6), Wisconsin (3.5), Illinois (3.4), and Massachusetts (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 8 were in Pennsylvania (+1,961), Washington (+982), Wisconsin (+830), Arkansas (+745), and Illinois (+590), while the largest decreases were in New York (-17,548), Michigan (-1,971), California (-1,262), Connecticut (-1,079), and New Hampshire (-783).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance March 15

March 8

Change

March 1

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

320,000

315,000

+5,000

324,000

341,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

285,316

302,311

-16,995

317,832

300,951

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

327,000

330,500

-3,500

336,750

340,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance March 8

March 1

Change

Feb. 22

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,889,000

2,848,000

+41,000

2,903,000

3,077,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,247,226

3,277,983

-30,757

3,375,731

3,461,493

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,897,250

2,914,000

-16,750

2,935,250

3,085,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.2%

2.2%

0.0

2.2%

2.4%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.6%

2.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 8

March 1

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,057

1,159

-102

1,077

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,968

1,909

+59

2,489


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

March 1

Feb. 22

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,272,175

3,370,468

-98,293

3,494,249

Federal Employees (UCFE)

19,115

20,812

-1,697

20,717

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

27,878

29,475

1,597

38,291

Extended Benefits3

33

104

-71

544

State Additional Benefits 4

10,081

10,672

-591

4,807

STC / Workshare 5

20,746

19,226

+1,520

29,556

STC / TOTAL6

3,350,028

3,450,757

-100,729

5,369,007


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 MARCH 8, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-17,548

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

MI

-1,971

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

CA

-1,26270

No comment.

CT

-1,079

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

+1,961

Layoffs in the food service, administrative and support services, and construction industries.


This information will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-693-4676. TDD Message Phone: 1-800-326-2577. News releases from the U.S. Department of Labor are accessible on the Internet at: http://www.dol.gov/ and http://www.oui.doleta.gov/