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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 386,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 380,000. The 4-week moving average was 382,000, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 378,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending June 2, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 2 was 3,278,000, a decrease of 33,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,311,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,281,500, a decrease of 2,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,284,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 373,540 in the week ending June 9, an increase of 49,155 from the previous week. There were 400,608 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending June 2, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,071,217, an increase of 15,080 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,491,359.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 26 was 5,824,739, a decrease of 145,990 from the previous week.

 

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Extended benefits were available in the District of Columbia, Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and West Virginia during the week ending May 26.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,350 in the week ending June 2, a decrease of 109 from the prior week. There were 2,207 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 97 from the preceding week.

There were 15,753 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 26, a decrease of 435 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,146, a decrease of 346 from the prior week.

States reported 2,555,513 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 26, a decrease of 17,045 from the prior week. There were 3,293,507 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending May 26 were in Alaska (4.6), Puerto Rico (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.5), Illinois (3.4), California (3.3), New Jersey (3.3), Oregon (3.2), Nevada (2.9), Rhode Island (2.9), Massachusetts (2.8), and New York (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 2 were in Oregon (+975), Virginia (+838), New Mexico (+531), Wisconsin (+213), and Nevada (+189), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,168), North Carolina (-2,683), Texas (-1,854), Massachusetts (-1,373), and Georgia
(-1,367).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance June 9 June 2 Change May 26 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 386,000 380,000 +6,000 389,000 418,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 373,540 324,385 +49,155 346,260 400,608
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 382,000 378,500 +3,500 376,000 422,750
WEEK ENDING Advance June 2 May 26 Change May 19 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,278,000 3,311,000 -33,000 3,259,000 3,714,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,071,217 3,056,137 +15,080 3,060,348 3,491,359
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,281,500 3,284,000 -2,500 3,268,000 3,729,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 3.0%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.4% 2.4% 0.0 2.4% 2.8%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
June 2
May 26
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,350 1,459 -109 1,778
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,207 2,304 -97 2,422

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
May 26
May 19
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,049,957 3,051,887 -1,930 3,416,331
Federal Employees (UCFE) 15,753 16,188 -435 21,564
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 38,146 38,492 -346 35,559
EUC 20083 2,555,513 2,572,558 -17,045 3,293,507
Extended Benefits4 135,502 253,605 -118,103 591,124
State Additional Benefits 5 5,416 5,771 -355 5,913
STC / Workshare 6 24,452 32,228 -7,776 37,249
TOTAL 5,824,739 5,970,729 -145,990 7,401,247

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 127,048,587 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate,
        and the extent of benefits paid, can be found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 06/2/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA -4,168 Fewer layoffs in the service and retail industries.
NC -2,683 Fewer layoffs in non-classified establishments, as well as the construction and food service industries.
TX -1,854 No comment.
MA -1,373 Fewer layoffs in the accommodation and food service industries.
GA -1,367 Fewer layoffs in the healthcare and social assistance, retail, construction, and administrative and support industries.
MO -1,252 Fewer layoffs in the accommodation and food service, and healthcare industries.
SC -1,089 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MD -1,048 No comment.
FL -1,007 Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, trade, retail and service industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
None    

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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