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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending April 16, 2011


Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–April 21, 2011.  

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 403,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 416,000. The 4-week moving average was 399,000, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 396,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending April 9, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 2.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 9 was 3,695,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,702,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,716,750, a decrease of 17,500 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,734,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 380,668 in the week ending April 16, a decrease of 67,357 from the previous week. There were 436,814 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.1 percent during the week ending April 9, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,879,433, a decrease of 63,610 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.8 percent and the volume was 4,931,238.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 2 was 8,299,810.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, during the week ending April 2.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,147 in the week ending April 9, an increase of 505 from the prior week. There were 2,507 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 320 from the preceding week.

There were 34,050 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 2, a decrease of 3,762 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,701, a decrease of 481 from the prior week.

States reported 3,527,093 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 2, a decrease of 23,693 from the prior week. There were 5,344,082 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending April 2 were in Alaska (6.0 percent), Puerto Rico (5.0), Idaho (4.4), Oregon (4.4), Pennsylvania (4.3), Wisconsin (4.3), New Jersey (4.2), Rhode Island (4.2), California (4.1), Connecticut (4.1), and Montana (4.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 9 were in California (+25,646), North Carolina (+6,041), Kentucky (+5,202), Texas (+5,108), and Florida (+4,299), while the largest decreases were in Minnesota (-403), Iowa (-389), Maine (-55), and Wyoming (-9).

Source: dol.gov


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