Jobless Claims Drop By 1,000 Last Week

In the week ending June 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 428,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 429,000. The 4-week moving average was 426,750, an increase of 500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 426,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending June 18, 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 June 18 was 3,702,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,714,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,703,500, a decrease of 11,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,714,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 403,284 in the week ending June 25, an increase of 8,998 from the previous week. There were 444,712 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending June 18, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,491,213, a decrease of 320 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.4 percent and the volume was 4,328,074.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 11 was 7,511,613, a decrease of 30,701 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, Washington, and West Virginia, during the week ending June 11.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,373 in the week ending June 18, an increase of 190 from the prior week. There were 2,584 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 134 from the preceding week.

There were 22,364 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 11, a decrease of 678 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,716, an increase of 1,124 from the prior week.

States reported 3,300,706 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 11, an increase of 1,471 from the prior week. There were 4,516,594 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 June 11 were in Puerto Rico (4.8), Alaska (4.6), Pennsylvania (3.9), California (3.8), Oregon (3.8), Nevada (3.5), New Jersey (3.5), Connecticut (3.4), Arkansas (3.2), Illinois (3.2), Mississippi (3.2), New Mexico (3.2), Virgin Islands (3.2), and Wisconsin (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 18 were in California (+4,393), New Jersey (+3,274), Florida (+3,146), Michigan (+1,794), Pennsylvania (+1,653), while the largest decreases were in Ohio (-2,769), Illinois (-2,557), New York (-2,215), Georgia (-2,119), and
Texas (-1,532).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING Advance June 25 June 18 Change June 11 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 428,000 429,000 -1,000 420,000 472,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 403,284 394,286 +8,998 400,608 444,712
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 426,750 426,250 +500 426,250 468,250
WEEK ENDING Advance June 18 June 11 Change June 4 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,702,000 3,714,000 -12,000 3,702,000 4,595,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,491,213 3,491,533 -320 3,491,359 4,328,074
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,703,500 3,714,750 -11,250 3,715,750 4,569,750

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.9 3.0 -0.1 2.9 3.6
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.8 2.8 0.0 2.8 3.4

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

June 18

June 11

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees 2,373 2,183 190 2,103
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,584 2,718 -134 2,423

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

June 11

June 4

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State 3,480,904 3,479,313 1,591 4,290,654
Federal Employees (UCFE) 22,364 23,042 -678 18,110
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 36,716 35,592 1,124 34,346
EUC 20083 3,300,706 3,299,235 1,471 4,516,594
Extended Benefits4 624,896 653,687 -28,791 420,850
State Additional Benefits 5 5,844 5,988 -144 5,338
STC / Workshare 6 40,183 45,457 -5,274 65,160
TOTAL 7,511,613 7,542,314 -30,701 9,351,052

FOOTNOTES
SA – Seasonally Adjusted Data, NSA – Not Seasonally Adjusted Data
1 – Prior year is comparable to most recent data.
2 – Most recent week used covered employment of 125,572,661 as denominator.
3 – EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 – Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 – Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate and the extent of benefits can be found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 – Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 06/18/2011


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State Change   State Supplied Comment
OH -2,769   No Comment.
IL -2,557   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, and service industries.
NY -2,215   Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
GA -2,119   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, trade, and service industries.
TX -1,532   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries.
MA -1,502   Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, transportation, and warehousing industries.
MO -1,399   Fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, construction, manufacturing, and service industries.
TN -1,128   Fewer layoffs in the education services,trade, and service industries.
OR -1,053   No Comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State Change   State Supplied Comment
PR +1,495   No comment.
PA +1,653   Layoffs in the transportation and service industries.
MI +1,794   Layoffs in the service industry.
FL +3,146   Layoffs in the agriculture, construction, trade, retail, service, and manufacturing industries.
NJ +3,274   Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing and services industries due to school closures.
CA +4,393   Layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current