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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 640,000, an increase of 27,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 613,000. The 4-week moving average was 646,750, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 651,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6 percent for the week ending April 11, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 11 was 6,137,000, an increase of 93,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,044,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,944,000, an increase of 142,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,801,500.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 4.837 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 591,952 in the week ending April 18, a decrease of 18,601 from the previous week. There were 328,346 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.8 percent during the week ending April 11, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,406,964, an increase of 78,746 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.3 percent and the volume was 3,054,853.

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Extended benefits were available in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending April 4.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,221 in the week ending April 11, an increase of 147 from the prior week. There were 1,847 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 140 from the preceding week.

There were 17,103 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 4, a decrease of 1,494 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,532, a decrease of 220 from the prior week.

States reported 2,264,774 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 4, an increase of 116,533 from the prior week. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending April 4 were in Oregon (7.7 percent), Michigan (7.6), Idaho (6.8), Wisconsin (6.7), Puerto Rico (6.6), Pennsylvania (6.3), Nevada (6.1), Rhode Island (6.0), Vermont (5.9), and Montana (5.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 11 were in Florida (+9,303), Pennsylvania (+7,538), California (+6,404), Wisconsin (+3,611), and New York (+3,581), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-12,566), North Carolina (-6,428), Missouri (-5,575), Kentucky
(-5,313), and Oregon (-4,580).

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 18 April 11 Change April 4 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 640,000 613,000 +27,000 660,000 353,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 591,952 610,553 -18,601 623,630 328,346
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 646,750 651,000 -4,250 658,750 367,250
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 11 April 4 Change March 28 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 6,137,000 6,044,000 +93,000 5,850,000 2,929,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 6,406,964 6,328,218 +78,746 6,452,056 3,054,853
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 5,944,000 5,801,500 +142,500 5,650,000 2,938,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 4.6% 4.5% +0.1 4.4% 2.2%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
4.8% 4.7% +0.1 4.8% 2.3%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
April 11
April 4
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,221 1,074 +147 1,023
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,847 1,707 +140 1,487

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
April 4
March 28
Change
Year

Federal Employees 17,103 18,597 -1,494 12,601
Newly Discharged Veterans 28,532 28,752 -220 21,484
Railroad Retirement Board 9,000 9,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 19,089 14,583 +4,506 0
EUC 20083 2,264,774 2,148,241 +116,533 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 04/11/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
MI -12,566 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
NC -6,428 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and textile industries.
MO -5,575 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
KY -5,313 No comment.
OR -4,580 No comment.
GA -3,598 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TN -3,454 Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.
TX -2,706 Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, finance, and manufacturing industries.
VA -2,673 No comment.
PR -2,417 No comment.
LA -1,929 No comment.
IL -1,746 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
WA -1,317 No comment.
AL -1,264 Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, primary metals, and wood products industries.
RI -1,233 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
MN -1,213 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NV +1,197 Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.
WV +1,342 No comment.
AK +1,358 No comment.
AZ +1,438 No comment.
MD +1,836 No comment.
KS +1,844 No comment.
OH +1,935 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
NJ +3,285 Increase is seasonal, school closings related.
NY +3,581 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
WI +3,611 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and transportation industries.
CA +6,404 Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
PA +7,538 Layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.
FL +9,303 Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current



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