Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–April 18, 2013.
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending April 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 352,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 348,000. The 4-week moving average was 361,250, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 358,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending April 6, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 6 was 3,068,000, a decrease of 35,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,103,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,083,000, a decrease of 2,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,085,250.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 354,973 in the week ending April 13, a decrease of 1,269 from the previous week. There were 370,482 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending April 6, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s revised rate of 2.6 percent. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,175,060, a decrease of 117,109 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,292,169. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,448,040.
The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 30 was 5,152,655, a decrease of 124,867 from the previous week. There were 6,765,119 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.
Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending March 30.
Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,422 in the week ending April 6, an increase of 283 from the prior week. There were 2,220 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 77 from the preceding week.
There were 18,831 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 30, a decrease of 960 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 37,536, a decrease of 554 from the prior week.
States reported 1,782,555 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 30, a decrease of 54,999 from the prior week. There were 2,775,134 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 30 were in Alaska (5.3), Puerto Rico (4.5), New Jersey (3.9), Connecticut (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.7), Wisconsin (3.7), Rhode Island (3.6), Montana (3.5), California (3.4), and Oregon (3.4).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 6 were in New York (+20,120), North Carolina (+4,403), Ohio (+3,029), Michigan (+2,894), and Texas (+2,445), while the largest decreases were in California (-12,893), Kentucky (-1,318), Pennsylvania (-1,299), Indiana (-1,066), and Nevada (-761).