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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending May 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 345,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 333,000. The 4-week moving average was 333,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 336,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending May 8, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.4 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during
the week ending May 8 was 2,943,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the preceding
week's revised level of 2,966,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,957,000,
a decrease of 15,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,972,500.
UNADJUSTED DATAThe advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 295,220 in the week ending May 15, an increase of 2,662 from the previous week. There were 362,276 initial claims in the comparable week in 2003.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the
week ending May 8, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The
advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs
totaled 2,781,403, a decrease of 57,480 from the preceding week. A year earlier,
the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,459,502.
Extended benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending May 1.
17,142 individuals filed continued claims under the Federal Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program during the week ending May 1.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,199 in the week ending May 8, an increase of 208 from the prior week. There were 1,780 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 198 from the preceding week.
There were 15,688 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 1, an increase of 870 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 25,740, a decrease of 96 from the prior week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending May 1 were in Alaska (5.2 percent), Puerto Rico (5.1), Oregon (3.5), Michigan (3.2), New Jersey (3.2), Pennsylvania (3.1), Washington (3.0), California (2.9), Massachusetts (2.8), Rhode Island (2.7), and Wisconsin (2.7).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 8 were in North Carolina (+1,765), California (+1,730), Minnesota (+1,541), Michigan (+1,467), and Mississippi (+1,462), while the largest decreases were in Oklahoma (-2,150), Connecticut (-1,509), Maine (-661), Missouri (-609), and New York (-467).
|WEEK ENDING||May 15||May 8||Change||May 1||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||345,000||333,000||+12,000||318,000||424,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||295,220||292,558||+2,662||283,236||362,276|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||333,500||336,250||-2,750||343,500||426,000|
|WEEK ENDING||May 8||May 1||Change||April 24||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||2,943,000||2,966,000||-23,000||2,915,000||3,653,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||2,781,403||2,838,883||-57,480||2,915,357||3,459,502|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||2,957,000||2,972,500||-15,500||2,972,750||3,654,500|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||2.3%||2.4%||-0.1||2.3%||2.9%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2||2.2%||2.3%||-0.1||2.3%||2.7%|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,780||1,582||+198||1,282|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||25,740||25,836||-96||17,510|
|Railroad Retirement Board||2,000||2,000||0||3,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 05/08/2004
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|FL||+1,004||Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.|
|GA||+1,224||Layoffs in the trade industry.|
|PA||+1,413||Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and real estate industries.|
|MS||+1,462||Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|MI||+1,467||Layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|MN||+1,541||Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|CA||+1,730||Layoffs in the service industry.|
|NC||+1,765||Layoffs in the textile, apparel, and service industries.|