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(202) 693-4676 May 20, 2004
 

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 DATA
The 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.

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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).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
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
Advance Prior1
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%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
May 8
May 1
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,199 991 +208 1,148
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,780 1,582 +198 1,282

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
May 1
April 24
Change
Year

Federal Employees 15,688 14,818 +870 14,440
Newly Discharged Veterans 25,740 25,836 -96 17,510
Railroad Retirement Board 2,000 2,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 2,442 2,421 +21 16,629
Federal (TEUC) 17,142 20,647 -3,505 830,037

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 126,084,041 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 05/08/2004 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
OK -2,150 No comment.
CT -1,509 No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
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.


State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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