Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending March 17, 2012

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–Marcy 22, 2012 

 SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 353,000. The 4-week moving average was 355,000, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 356,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending March 10, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s revised rate of 2.7 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 10 was 3,352,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,361,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,385,750, a decrease of 13,000 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,398,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 315,636 in the week ending March 17, a decrease of 24,441 from the previous week. There were 354,457 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending March 10, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s revised rate of 3.1 percent. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,804,840, a decrease of 57,489 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.4 percent and the volume was 4,277,092.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 3 was 7,281,541, a decrease of 142,499 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending March 3.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,216 in the week ending March 10, a decrease of 86 from the prior week. There were 2,508 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 205 from the preceding week.

There were 25,114 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending March 3, a decrease of 2,343 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,671, a decrease of 2,378 from the prior week.

States reported 2,851,483 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 3, a decrease of 24,312 from the prior week. There were 3,627,654 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending March 3 were in Alaska (6.1), Rhode Island (4.5), Oregon (4.4), Wisconsin (4.4), Idaho (4.3), Montana (4.3), New Jersey (4.3), Pennsylvania (4.3), Puerto Rico (4.2), California (4.1), and Connecticut (4.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 10 were in Kentucky (+742), Puerto Rico (+643), Alabama (+475), North Carolina (+471), and Tennessee (+457), while the largest decreases were in New York (-14,222), California (-4,696), Illinois (-1,290), Florida (-1,215), and Pennsylvania (-1,129). 

Source: dol.gov