Weekly Jobless Claims Drop to 414,000

Washington, DC…Bureau of Labor Statistics…In the week ending June 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 414,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 430,000. The 4-week moving average was 424,750, unchanged from the previous week’s revised average of 424,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending June 4, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 2.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 4 was 3,675,000, a decrease of 21,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,696,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,709,000, a decrease of 15,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,724,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 394,910 in the week ending June 11, an increase of 28,094 from the previous week. There were 448,305 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending June 4, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,465,277, an increase of 38,932 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.4 percent and the volume was 4,319,021.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 28 was 7,401,228, a decrease of 209,116 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 May 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,778 in the week ending June 4, a decrease of 364 from the prior week. There were 2,422 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 106 from the preceding week.

There were 21,564 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending May 28, a decrease of 1,771 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 35,559, a decrease of 702 from the prior week.

States reported 3,293,507 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 28, a decrease of 87,583 from the prior week. There were 4,798,099 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 May 28 were in Alaska (4.9 percent), Puerto Rico (4.5), Oregon (4.1), Pennsylvania (3.9), Nevada (3.5), New Jersey (3.5), Virgin Islands (3.5), California (3.4), Connecticut (3.4), Arkansas (3.2), Idaho (3.2), Illinois (3.2), and Mississippi (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 4 were in Wisconsin (+1,528), Tennessee (+1,055), Illinois (+755), New Mexico (+659), Indiana (+539), while the largest decreases were in New York (-4,060), California (-2,510), Massachusetts (-1,846), Georgia (-1,256), and Florida (-1,240).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING Advance June 11 June 4 Change May 28 Prior Year1

Initial Claims (SA) 414,000 430,000 -16,000 426,000 474,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 394,910 366,816 +28,094 381,497 448,305
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 424,750 424,750 0 426,750 467,250
WEEK ENDING Advance June 4 May 28 Change May 21 Prior Year1

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,675,000 3,696,000 -21,000 3,747,000 4,585,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,465,277 3,426,345 +38,932 3,510,507 4,319,021
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,709,000 3,724,250 -15,250 3,748,250 4,608,000

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.9% 2.9% 0.0 3.0 3.6
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
2.8% 2.7% 0.1 2.8 3.4

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

June 4

May 28

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees 1,778 2,142 -364 1,616
Newly Discharged Veterans 2,422 2,316 +106 2,228

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

May 28

May 21

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State 3,416,331 3,498,800 -82,469 4,187,580
Federal Employees (UCFE) 21,564 23,335 -1,771 16,747
Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX) 35,559 36,261 -702 36,039
EUC 20083 3,293,507 3,381,090 -87,583 4,798,099
Extended Benefits4 591,124 618,459 -27,335 496,869
State Additional Benefits 5 5,894 6,295 -401 4,975
STC / Workshare 6 37,249 46,104 -8,855 60,511
TOTAL 7,401,228 7,610,344 -209,116 9,600,820

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 beĀ 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 06/4/2011


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State Change   State Supplied Comment
NY -4,060   Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and retail industries.
CA -2,510   Shorter work week, as well as fewer layoffs in the service industry.
MA -1,846   Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.
GA -1,256   Shorter work week due to holiday.
FL -1,240   Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail, and service industries.
PA -1,165   Fewer layoffs in the construction, service and retail industries.
MS -1,125   No comment.
NC -1,116   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industy.
CT -1,028   No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State Change   State Supplied Comment
TN +1,055   Layoffs in the service industries.
WI +1,528   No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current