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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for Week Ending March 5, 2011

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–March 10, 2011.  

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 397,000, an increase of 26,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 371,000. The 4-week moving average was 392,250, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 389,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending Feb. 26, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb.26 was 3,771,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,791,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,833,250, a decrease of 34,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,868,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 406,096 in the week ending March 5, an increase of 52,147 from the previous week. There were 459,523 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent during the week ending Feb. 26, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,442,438, an increase of 97,576 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.3 percent and the volume was 5,538,966.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Feb 19 was 8,772,818.

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 Feb 19.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,496 in the week ending Feb. 26, a decrease of 301 from the prior week. There were 2,075 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 218 from the preceding week.

There were 41,142 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Feb. 19, a decrease of 5,156 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,176, a decrease of 1,394 from the prior week.

States reported 3,600,522 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Feb. 19, a decrease of 52,745 from the prior week. There were 5,527,451 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 Feb. 19 were in Alaska (7.0 percent), Idaho (5.2), Montana (5.1), Puerto Rico (5.1), Oregon (5.0), Rhode Island (5.0), Pennsylvania (4.9), Wisconsin (4.9), New Jersey (4.7), and Connecticut (4.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Feb. 26 were in Massachusetts (+3,804), Washington (+976), Rhode Island (+776), Connecticut (+682), and Florida (+651), while the largest decreases were in California (-12,730), Illinois (-2,430), Missouri (-2,255), Texas (-1,707), and Tennessee (-1,515).

Source: dol.gov

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