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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 448,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 459,000. The 4-week moving average was 462,500, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 461,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending April 17, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 17 was 4,645,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,663,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,639,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,648,000.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.186 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 423,286 in the week ending April 24, a decrease of 11,171 from the previous week. There were 583,457 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during the week ending April 17, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,779,335, a decrease of 144,978 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.7 percent and the volume was 6,339,490.

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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 10.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,219 in the week ending April 17, a decrease of 224 from the prior week. There were 2,441 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 23 from the preceding week.

There were 20,197 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 10, an increase of 113 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,051, an increase of 455 from the prior week.

States reported 5,200,473 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 10, a decrease of 146,641 from the prior week. There were 2,286,186 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 10 were in Alaska (6.6 percent), Puerto Rico (6.4), Oregon (5.9), Wisconsin (5.6), Pennsylvania (5.4), Nevada (5.2), California (5.0), Idaho (5.0), Montana (5.0), Michigan (4.9), and North Carolina (4.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 17 were in Puerto Rico (+3,549), Iowa (+1,606), Georgia (+1,412), Connecticut (+768), and Florida (+422), while the largest decreases were in New York (-21,010), California (-15,380), Pennsylvania (-4,512), Oregon (-4,317), and New Jersey
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 24 April 17 Change April 10 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 448,000 459,000 -11,000 480,000 623,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 423,286 434,457 -11,171 510,927 583,457
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 462,500 461,000 +1,500 457,500 627,000
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING April 17 April 10 Change April 3 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,645,000 4,663,000 -18,000 4,686,000 6,209,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 4,779,335 4,924,313 -144,978 4,981,687 6,339,490
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,639,000 4,648,000 -9,000 4,649,250 6,023,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.6% 3.6% 0.0 3.7% 4.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.7% 3.8% -0.1 3.9% 4.7%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
April 17
April 10
Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,219 1,443 -224 1,052
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,441 2,418 +23 1,752

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
April 10
April 3
Change
Year

Federal Employees 20,197 20,084 +113 17,589
Newly Discharged Veterans 37,051 36,596 +455 28,524
Railroad Retirement Board 7,000 7,000 0 10,000
Extended Benefits 202,215 146,583 +55,632 49,670
EUC 20083 5,200,473 5,347,114 -146,641 2,286,186

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 04/17/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
NY -21,010 Fewer layoffs in the service and transportation industries.
CA -15,380 Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.
PA -4,512 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, construction, and service industries.
OR -4,317 Decrease attributed to furlough week.
NJ -3,777 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and service industries.
IL -3,579 Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
OH -2,992 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
WA -2,826 No comment.
KS -2,721 No comment.
TN -2,548 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, apparel, trade, and service industries.
TX -2,496 Fewer layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.
WI -2,305 Fewer layoffs in the public administration, construction, trade, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.
MI -1,905 No comment.
AR -1,441 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MO -1,362 Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
MD -1,274 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
GA +1,412 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
IA +1,606 Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
PR +3,549 No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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