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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 456,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 459,000. The 4-week moving average was 463,000, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average of 460,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending May 29, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.7 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 29 was 4,462,000, a decrease of 255,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,717,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,617,500, a decrease of 49,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,666,750.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.120 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 392,842 in the week ending June 5, a decrease of 22,287 from the previous week. There were 581,092 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent during the week ending May 29, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,176,069, a decrease of 201,376 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.6 percent and the volume was 6,144,006.

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending May 22.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,966 in the week ending May 29, an increase of 382 from the prior week. There were 2,405 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 199 from the preceding week.

There were 17,215 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 22, an increase of 158 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,212, an increase of 252 from the prior week.

States reported 4,995,133 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 22, a decrease of 10,588 from the prior week. There were 2,256,591 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending May 22 were in Puerto Rico (6.2 percent), Alaska (5.5), Oregon (5.3), California (4.8), Nevada (4.7), Pennsylvania (4.6), North Carolina (4.3), Wisconsin (4.2), Connecticut (4.1), New Jersey (4.0), and Rhode Island (4.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 29 were in Florida (+3,460), California (+2,081), Arizona (+1,521), Georgia (+1,158), and Illinois (+909), while the largest decreases were in Wisconsin (-1,628), Texas (-1,063), Virginia (-912), Missouri (-751), and New Jersey (-693).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING June 5 May 29 Change May 22 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 456,000 459,000 -3,000 463,000 597,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 392,842 415,129 -22,287 406,875 581,092
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 463,000 460,500 +2,500 457,250 612,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING May 29 May 22 Change May 15 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,462,000 4,717,000 -255,000 4,635,000 6,543,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,176,069 4,377,445 -201,376 4,407,799 6,144,006
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,617,500 4,666,750 -49,250 4,644,250 6,501,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.5% 3.7% -0.2 3.6% 4.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.3% 3.4% -0.1 3.4% 4.6%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
May 29
May 22
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,966 1,584 +382 1,766
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,405 2,604 -199 1,455

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
May 22
May 15
Change
Year

Federal Employees 17,215 17,057 +158 15,015
Newly Discharged Veterans 37,212 36,960 +252 26,748
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 12,000
Extended Benefits 394,380 314,311 +80,069 508,412
EUC 20083 4,995,133 5,005,721 -10,588 2,256,591

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 128,298,468 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 05/29/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
WI -1,628 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
TX -1,063 Fewer layoffs in the service, finance, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
GA +1,158 Layoffs in the trade and service industries.
AZ +1,521 No comment.
CA +2,081 No comment.
FL +3,460 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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