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U.S. Department of Labor
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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION USDL14-320-NAT
   
   
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Media Contact: (202) 693-4676 February 27, 2014
   

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 334,000. The 4-week moving average was 338,250, unchanged from the previous week's revised average.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending February 15, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 15 was 2,964,000, an increase of 8,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,956,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,954,750, an increase of 4,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,950,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 310,816 in the week ending February 22, a decrease of 10,598 from the previous week. There were 310,389 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending February 15, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,384,598, a decrease of 26,636 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,536,462.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 8 was 3,486,060, a decrease of 26,388 from the previous week. There were 5,764,168 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013.

 

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No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending February 8.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,178 in the week ending February 15, a decrease of 21 from the prior week. There were 1,676 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 439 from the preceding week.

There were 22,308 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 8, an increase of 776 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 29,570, a decrease of 100 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending February 8 were in Alaska (6.1), New Jersey (4.2), Rhode Island (4.2), Pennsylvania (3.9), Connecticut (3.8), Illinois (3.8), Montana (3.8), California (3.7), Wisconsin (3.7), and West Virginia (3.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 15 were in California (+5,832), Michigan (+2,129), Oregon (+1,574), Missouri (+1,045), and Nevada (+196), while the largest decreases were in Georgia (-7,759), Pennsylvania (-3,677), Wisconsin (-3,227), Illinois (-2,780), and North Carolina (-2,644).

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

WEEK ENDING Advance Feb. 22 Feb. 15 Change Feb. 8 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 348,000 334,000 +14,000 340,000 348,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 310,816 321,414 -10,598 359,386 310,389
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 338,250 338,250 0 337,000 355,750
WEEK ENDING Advance Feb. 15 Feb. 8 Change Feb. 1 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 2,964,000 2,956,000 +8,000 2,933,000 3,102,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,384,598 3,411,234 -26,636 3,440,185 3,536,462
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 2,954,750 2,950,750 +4,000 2,963,500 3,156,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.3% 2.3% 0.0 2.2% 2.4%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.6% 2.6% 0.0 2.6% 2.7%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Feb. 15
Feb. 8
Change
Prior Year1
Federal Employees 1,178 1,199 -21 1,352
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,676 2,115 -439 2,303

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

WEEK ENDING
Feb. 8
Feb. 1
Change
Prior Year1
Regular State 3,405,696 3,434,803 -29,107 3,660,325
Federal Employees (UCFE) 22,308 21,532 +776 22,682
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 29,570 29,670 -100 39,466
Extended Benefits3 98 79 +19 644
State Additional Benefits 4 9,478 9,188 +290 5,723
STC / Workshare 5 18,910 17,176 +1,734 29,337
STC / TOTAL6 3,486,060 3,512,448 -26,388 5,764,168

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 130,938,360 as denominator.

3 - Information on the EB program can be found here: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
4 - 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: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
5 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Prior year total includes EUCclaimants.

 

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED FEBRUARY 15, 2014



STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
GA -7,759   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, trade, and accommodation and food services industries.
PA -3,677   Fewer layoffs in the construction, and administrative and support services industries.
WI -3,227   No comment.
IL -2,780   No comment.
NC -2,644   Fewer layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments and accommodation and food services industries.
SC -2,587   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
AL -1,756   Fewer layoffs in the construction, administrative and support services, and manufacturing industries.
VA -1,609   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.
TX -1,609   No comment.
MD -1,594   No comment.
TN -1,491   No comment.
KS -1,389   No comment.
OH -1,375   Fewer layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.
MN -1,284   No comment.
CO -1,242   No comment.
NJ -1,132   Fewer layoffs in the trade, construction, and professional and technical industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
CA +5,832   Layoffs in the service industry.
MI +2,129  

Layoffs in the wholesale trade industry.

OR +1,574   Increase in claims due to inclement weather.
MO +1,045   Layoffs in the construction, transportation and warehousing, and accommodation and food services industries.

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