Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending April 23, 2011

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–April 28, 2011. 

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 429,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 404,000. The 4-week moving average was 408,500, an increase of 9,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 399,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending April 16, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s revised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 16 was 3,641,000, a decrease of 68,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,709,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,697,750, a decrease of 22,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,720,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 385,622 in the week ending April 23, an increase of 3,569 from the previous week. There were 429,196 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending April 16, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,765,074, a decrease of 128,881 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.7 percent and the volume was 4,796,318.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 9 was 8,187,232, a decrease of 112,578 from the previous week.

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 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,742 in the week ending April 16, a decrease of 405 from the prior week. There were 2,310 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 197 from the preceding week.

There were 34,547 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 9, an increase of 497 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 46,009, an increase of 8,308 from the prior week.

States reported 3,448,260 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 9, a decrease of 78,833 from the prior week. There were 5,197,739 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 9 were in Alaska (5.9 percent), Puerto Rico (4.9), Oregon (4.5), Wisconsin (4.4), Pennsylvania (4.4), California (4.2), Montana (4.1), Idaho (4.1), New Jersey (4.0), Rhode Island (4.0), and Illinois (4.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 16 were in Florida (+2,753), Puerto Rico (+1,121), New Mexico (+680), New Jersey (+490), and Colorado (+481), while the largest decreases were in California (-18,017), North Carolina (-5,871), Pennsylvania (-4,925), Kentucky
(-4,267), and Texas (-3,882).

Source: dol.gov