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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending May 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 621,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 625,000. The 4-week moving average was 631,250, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 627,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5.0 percent for the week ending May 23, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate of 5.0 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 23 was 6,735,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,750,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,687,500, an increase of 88,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,598,750.
The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.184 million.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 496,822 in the week ending May 30, a decrease of 41,577 from the previous week. There were 300,989 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent during the
week ending May 23, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number
for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,014,501, a decrease
of 141,671 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1 percent
and the volume was 2,757,822.
Extended benefits were available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin during the week ending May 16.
Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,642 in the week ending May 23, an increase of 225 from the prior week. There were 1,759 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 18 from the preceding week.
There were 15,301 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 16, a decrease of 510 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,435, an increase of 181 from the prior week.
States reported 2,347,218 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 16, an increase of 161,355 from the prior week. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending May 16 were in Michigan (7.6 percent), Oregon (7.1), Puerto Rico (6.7), Nevada (6.4), Pennsylvania (6.2), Wisconsin (5.9), California (5.5), Arkansas (5.4), Idaho (5.4), and North Carolina (5.4).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 23 were in Illinois (+3,881), Iowa (+2,312), South Carolina (+1,792), Texas (+1,548), and Wisconsin (+1,464), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-3,952), Michigan (-2,812), Ohio (-2,158), Tennessee (-2,053), and Connecticut (-1,320).
|WEEK ENDING||May 30||May 23||Change||May 16||Year|
|Initial Claims (SA)||621,000||625,000||-4,000||636,000||370,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||496,822||538,399||-41,577||540,925||300,989|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||631,250||627,250||+4,000||629,750||374,250|
|WEEK ENDING||May 23||May 16||Change||May 9||Year|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||6,735,000||6,750,000||-15,000||6,678,000||3,095,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||6,014,501||6,156,172||-141,671||6,204,009||2,757,822|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||6,687,500||6,598,750||+88,750||6,484,500||3,080,500|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||5.0%||5.0%||0.0||5.0%||2.3%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,759||1,777||-18||1,348|
|Newly Discharged Veterans||28,435||28,254||+181||19,915|
|Railroad Retirement Board||10,000||10,000||0||2,000|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 05/23/2009
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|NC||-3,952||Fewer layoffs in the construction, furniture, and transportation industries.|
|MI||-2,812||Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|OH||-2,158||Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.|
|TN||-2,053||Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, service, and manufacturing industries.|
|VA||-1,165||Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|WI||+1,464||Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.|
|TX||+1,548||Layoffs in the construction, service, finance, and manufacturing industries.|
|SC||+1,792||Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|IA||+2,312||Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.|
|IL||+3,881||Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.|
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