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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 456,000, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 480,000. The 4-week moving average was 460,250, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 457,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending April 10, a decrease of 0.1 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 April 10 was 4,646,000, a decrease of 40,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,686,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,643,750, a decrease of 5,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,649,250.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.202 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 431,740 in the week ending April 17, a decrease of 79,187 from the previous week. There were 596,564 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.8 percent during the week ending April 10, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,906,633, a decrease of 75,054 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.8 percent and the volume was 6,406,046.

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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, 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 April 3.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,443 in the week ending April 10, an increase of 200 from the prior week. There were 2,418 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 691 from the preceding week.

There were 20,084 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 3, a decrease of 936 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,596, an increase of 1,802 from the prior week.

States reported 5,347,114 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 3, a decrease of 508,187 from the prior week. There were 2,364,774 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 April 3 were in Alaska (6.6 percent), Oregon (6.1), Wisconsin (5.5), Nevada (5.4), Puerto Rico (5.4), Idaho (5.3), Michigan (5.2), Montana (5.2), Pennsylvania (5.1), and North Carolina (5.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 10 were in New York (+23,876), California (+23,785), Florida (+7,304), Indiana (+5,603), and Texas (+4,576), while the largest decreases were in Kentucky (-2,147), Iowa (-1,447), New Jersey (-867), Nevada (-850), and Puerto Rico (-763).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 17 April 10 Change April 3 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 456,000 480,000 -24,000 463,000 633,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 431,740 510,927 -79,187 417,296 596,564
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 460,250 457,500 +2,750 451,000 634,000
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 10 April 3 Change March 27 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,646,000 4,686,000 -40,000 4,562,000 6,049,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,906,633 4,981,687 -75,054 5,040,758 6,406,046
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,643,750 4,649,250 -5,500 4,651,250 5,915,250

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.6% 3.7% -0.1 3.5% 4.5%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.8% 3.9% -0.1 3.9% 4.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
April 10
April 3
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,443 1,243 +200 1,221
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,418 3,109 -691 1,847

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
April 3
March 27
Change
Year

Federal Employees 20,084 21,020 -936 17,103
Newly Discharged Veterans 36,596 34,794 +1,802 28,529
Railroad Retirement Board 8,000 8,000 0 10,000
Extended Benefits 146,583 117,955 +28,628 42,254
EUC 20083 5,347,114 5,855,301 -508,187 2,364,774

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 04/10/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
KY -2,147 No comment.
IA -1,447 Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
RI +1,015 Claims were flood related.
OH +1,129 No comment.
MO +1,180 Layoffs in the service industry.
SC +1,642 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AZ +2,096 No comment.
AR +2,176 Layoffs in the finance and manufacturing industries.
AK +2,331 No comment.
NC +2,422 Layoffs in the construction, service, transportation, warehousing, and lumber/wood industries.
WI +2,850 Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.
TN +2,988 Layoffs in the trade, service, and transportation industries.
KS +3,601 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TX +4,576 Layoffs in the service, finance, and manufacturing industries.
IN +5,603 Layoffs in the automobile industry.
FL +7,304 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.
CA +23,785 Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the service industry.
NY +23,876 Layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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