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Note: This week's release reflects the annual revision to the weekly unemployment claims seasonal adjustment factors. The seasonal adjustment factors used for the UI Weekly Claims data from 2009 forward, along with the resulting seasonally adjusted values for initial claims and continuing claims, have been revised.
In addition, beginning April 10, 2014, the UI Weekly Claims News Release will be issued under a revised (.pdf) format. The new version of the release will include graphics and tables for additional information and ease of use.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending March 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 310,000. The 4-week moving average was 319,500, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average of 319,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending March 22, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 22 was 2,836,000, an increase of 22,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,814,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,842,250, a decrease of 13,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,855,750.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 289,535 in the week ending March 29, an increase of 15,463 from the previous week. There were 317,494 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending March 22, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,088,725, a decrease of 43,379 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,344,342.
The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 15 was 3,201,504, a decrease of 105,367 from the previous week. There were 5,279,851 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013.
No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending March 15.
Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 996 in the week ending March 22, a decrease of 14 from the prior week. There were 1,802 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 25 from the preceding week.
There were 18,244 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 15, a decrease of 1,115 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,298, a decrease of 1,056 from the prior week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 15 were in Alaska (5.3), New Jersey (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.8), Connecticut (3.7), Rhode Island (3.7), California (3.4), Illinois (3.4), Montana (3.4), Massachusetts (3.3), and Wisconsin (3.3).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 22 were in Texas (+2,424), Florida (+1,698), Puerto Rico (+668), Iowa (+580), and Kansas (+326), while the largest decreases were in California (-8,725), Nebraska (-1,121), Washington (-801), Arkansas (-713), and Tennessee (-698).
|WEEK ENDING||Advance March 29||March 22||Change||March 15||Prior Year1|
|Initial Claims (SA)||326,000||310,000||+16,000||323,000||375,000|
|Initial Claims (NSA)||289,535||274,072||+15,463||285,970||317,494|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||319,500||319,250||+250||329,500||352,500|
|WEEK ENDING||Advance March 22||March 15||Change||March 8||Prior Year1|
|Ins. Unemployment (SA)||2,836,000||2,814,000||+22,000||2,869,000||3,074,000|
|Ins. Unemployment (NSA)||3,088,725||3,132,104||-43,379||3,233,107||3,344,342|
|4-Wk Moving Average (SA)||2,842,250||2,855,750||-13,500||2,887,500||3,064,250|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2||2.2%||2.1%||+0.1||2.2%||2.4%|
|Ins. Unemployment Rate
|Newly Discharged Veterans||1,802||1,827||-25||2,336|
|Federal Employees (UCFE)||18,244||19,359||-1,115||20,079|
|Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)||27,298||28,354||-1,056||38,573|
|State Additional Benefits 4||10,297||10,518||-221||5,759|
|STC / Workshare 5||18,590||21,396||-2,806||28,386|
|STC / TOTAL6||3,201,504||3,306,871||-105,367||5,279,851|
UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED MARCH 22, 2014
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|CA||-8,725||Fewer layoffs in the service industry.|
|State||Change||State Supplied Comment|
|TX||+2,424||Layoffs in the educational service industries, due to spring break closures.|
|FL||+1,698||Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, and service industries.|
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