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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 610,000, a decrease of 53,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 663,000. The 4-week moving average was 651,000, a decrease of 8,500 from the previous week's revised average of 659,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent for the week ending April 4, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 4 was 6,022,000, an increase of 172,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,850,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,796,000, an increase of 146,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,650,000.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 4.781 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 607,971 in the week ending April 11, a decrease of 18,892 from the previous week. There were 370,949 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent during the week ending April 4, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,305,445, a decrease of 146,611 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.3 percent and the volume was 3,088,902.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending March 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,074 in the week ending April 4, a decrease of 4 from the prior week. There were 1,707 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 124 from the preceding week.

There were 18,597 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 28, an increase of 516 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,752, an increase of 304 from the prior week.

States reported 2,148,241 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 28, a decrease of 103,543 from the prior week. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 28 were in Michigan (8.0 percent), Oregon (7.9), Rhode Island (7.1), Idaho (7.0), Wisconsin (7.0), Pennsylvania (6.7), Nevada (6.2), Alaska (6.0), Montana (6.0), and Vermont (5.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 4 were in Michigan (+5,408), Missouri (+4,986), Texas (+3,734), New Jersey (+2,368), and Pennsylvania (+2,194), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,708), Ohio (-2,716), Alabama (-2,421), Florida (-1,539), and Wisconsin (-1,078).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 11 April 4 Change March 28 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 610,000 663,000 -53,000 674,000 369,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 607,971 626,863 -18,892 599,299 370,949
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 651,000 659,500 -8,500 658,000 370,750
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 4 March 28 Change March 21 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 6,022,000 5,850,000 +172,000 5,745,000 2,976,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 6,305,445 6,452,056 -146,611 6,388,761 3,088,902
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 5,796,000 5,650,000 +146,000 5,500,750 2,915,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.5% 4.4% +0.1 4.3% 2.2%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.7% 4.8% -0.1 4.8% 2.3%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
April 4
March 28
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,074 1,078 -4 925
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,707 1,831 -124 1,395

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
March 28
March 21
Change
Year

Federal Employees 18,597 18,081 +516 14,444
Newly Discharged Veterans 28,752 28,448 +304 21,707
Railroad Retirement Board 9,000 9,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 14,583 10,016 +4,567 0
EUC 20083 2,148,241 2,251,784 -103,543 0

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 133,683,433 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 04/04/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -4,708 Decrease due to a shorter workweek (March 31, 2009 is recognized as a state holiday), as well as fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
OH -2,716 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL -2,421 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
FL -1,539 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
WI -1,078 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MN +1,600 No comment.
TN +1,621 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
WA +1,699 Layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
CO +1,729 No comment.
AZ +1,779 No comment.
IL +1,846 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
LA +2,026 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
AR +2,095 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
GA +2,157 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NC +2,168 Layoffs in the textile, transportation equipment, electrical equipment, and electronic equipment industries.
PA +2,194 Layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
NJ +2,368 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service , and manufacturing industries.
TX +3,734 Layoffs in the finance, information, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
MO +4,986 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MI +5,408 Layoffs in the automobile industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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