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Claims for unemployment insurance increases
Apr '08
Seasonally Adjusted Data: In the week ending April 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 357,000, a decrease of 53,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 410,000. The 4-week moving average was 378,250, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average of 375,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending March 29, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.2 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 29 was 2,940,000, an increase of 3,000 from the preceding week's unrevised level of 2,937,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,898,500, an increase of 36,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,862,000.

Unadjusted Data:
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 359,057 in the week ending April 5, an increase of 13,063 from the previous week. There were 328,266 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent during the week ending March 29, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,187,375, a decrease of 31,498 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.0 percent and the volume was 2,688,419.

Extended benefits were not available in any state during the weekending March 22.

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