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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 343,000. The 4-week moving average was 328,750, an increase of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average of 323,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent for the week ending April 7, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 1.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 7 was 2,531,000, an increase of 6,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,525,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,515,500, an increase of 9,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,506,500.  

UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 315,776 in the week ending April 14, a decrease of 12,346 from the previous week. There were 268,472 initial claims in the comparable week in 2006.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.0 percent during the week ending April 7, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,597,180, a decrease of 91,426 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.9 percent and the volume was 2,504,901.

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Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending March 31.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,203 in the week ending April 7, an increase of 321 from the prior week. There were 1,694 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 145 from the preceding week.

There were 15,844 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 31, an increase of 2,031 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 23,313, a decrease of 34 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 31 were in Alaska (4.6 percent), Michigan (4.2), Pennsylvania (3.3), Wisconsin (3.3), Rhode Island (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), Vermont (3.1), Massachusetts (3.0), Minnesota (2.8), and Oregon (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 7 were in California (+8,644), Pennsylvania (+7,834), New York (+3,842), Florida (+3,617), and Wisconsin (+3,141), while the largest decreases were in Missouri (-1,382), Michigan (-521), Puerto Rico (-435), Delaware (-255), and New Mexico (-115).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 14 April 7 Change March 31 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 339,000 343,000 -4,000 323,000 308,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 315,776 328,122 -12,346 268,218 268,472
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 328,750 323,500 +5,250 316,250 305,000
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 7 March 31 Change March 24 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,531,000 2,525,000 +6,000 2,489,000 2,439,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,597,180 2,688,606 -91,426 2,727,408 2,504,901
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,515,500 2,506,500 +9,000 2,520,500 2,447,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 1.9% 1.9% 0.0 1.9% 1.9%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.0% 2.0% 0.0 2.1% 1.9%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
April 7
March 31
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,203 882 +321 1,255
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,694 1,549 +145 1,943

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
March 31
March 24
Change
Year

Federal Employees 15,844 13,813 +2,031 15,031
Newly Discharged Veterans 23,313 23,347 -34 26,964
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 2,000
Extended Benefits 0 0 0 715

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 131,660,675 as denominator.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 04/07/2007 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MO -1,382 Fewer layoffs in the transportation industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
VA +1,015 Layoffs in the automobile, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
NV +1,123 No comment.
SC +1,128 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MA +1,199 No comment.
AR +1,439 No comment.
OH +1,628 No comment.
MS +1,681 No comment.
GA +1,698 Layoffs in the finance industry.
NC +1,766 Layoffs in the transportation equipment, electronic equipment, apparel, and furniture industries.
MD +2,005 Layoffs in the apparel and manufacturing industries.
AZ +2,097 No comment.
TX +2,167 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NJ +2,191 Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and service industries.
IL +2,243 Layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
WA +2,739 No comment.
WI +3,141 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
FL +3,617 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
NY +3,842 Layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.
PA +7,834 Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.
CA +8,644 Layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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