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|Media Contact :||March 4, 2010|
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending Feb. 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 469,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 498,000. The 4-week moving average was 470,750, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 474,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Feb. 20, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.6 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb. 20 was 4,500,000, a decrease of 134,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,634,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,575,750, a decrease of 29,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,605,000.
The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.186 million.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 471,720 in the week ending Feb. 27, an increase of 17,128 from the previous week. There were 645,827 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the
week ending Feb. 20, unchanged from the prior week.
The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs
totaled 5,571,085, an increase of 24,534 from the preceding week. A year earlier,
the rate was 4.7 percent and the volume was 6,231,080.
Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, 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 Feb. 13.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,196 in the week ending Feb. 20, unchanged from the prior week. There were 1,946 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 244 from the preceding week.
There were 23,773 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Feb. 13, a decrease of 322 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 35,473, a decrease of 956 from the prior week.
States reported 5,687,574 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Feb. 13, an increase of 207,632 from the prior week. There were 1,929,723 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 Feb. 13 were in Alaska (7.4 percent), Oregon (6.4), Pennsylvania (6.4), Idaho (6.3), Montana (6.3), Wisconsin (6.2), Puerto Rico (6.1), Michigan (5.8), Nevada (5.7), and North Carolina (5.4).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Feb. 20 were in New Jersey (+4,879), Massachusetts (+4,744), Connecticut (+2,018), Missouri (+1,920), and Maryland (+1,499), while the largest decreases were in California (-12,000), North Carolina (-7,981), Florida (-2,564), Michigan
(-2,484), and Ohio (-2,130).
|WEEK ENDING||Feb. 27||Feb. 20||Change||Feb. 13||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||469,000||498,000||-29,000||474,000||643,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||471,720||454,592||+17,128||478,235||645,827|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||470,750||474,250||-3,500||467,750||636,750|
|WEEK ENDING||Feb. 20||Feb. 13||Change||Feb. 6||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||4,500,000||4,634,000||-134,000||4,611,000||5,074,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||5,571,085||5,546,551||+24,534||5,597,688||6,231,080|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||4,575,750||4,605,000||-29,250||4,596,500||4,960,500|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||3.5%||3.6%||-0.1||3.5%||3.8%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,946||2,190||-244||1,738|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||35,473||36,429||-956||27,848|
|Railroad Retirement Board||10,000||10,000||0||9,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 02/20/2010
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|CA||-12,000||A shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the service industry.|
|NC||-7,981||Fewer layoffs in the construction, stone/clay,glass, lumber/wood, and transportation industries.|
|FL||-2,564||Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.|
|MI||-2,484||Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|TN||-1,132||Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|SC||-1,045||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|TX||-1,022||Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, finance, and manufacturing industries.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|IL||+1,160||Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.|
|DE||+1,210||Inclement weather during the prior week caused processing of backlog claims this week.|
|MD||+1,499||Inclement weather during the prior week caused processing of backlog claims this week.|
|MO||+1,920||Layoffs in the construction industry.|
|CT||+2,018||Claims are school closings related.|
|MA||+4,744||Claims are school closings related.|
|NJ||+4,879||Weather-related office closures and a statewide furlough day during the prior week caused processing of backlog claims this week. Layoffs were in construction, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.|
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