Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending April 18 averaged 94,443,
down 1,939 or 2.0 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner
Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.
Compared with the
same period a year ago – when the number of claims statewide totaled 48,246 –
unemployment claims are up by 46,197. This is a 95.8 percent increase.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased from the prior two-week
level of 6,012 to 6,925. Continued claims decreased from 90,370 to 87,518.
Included in these figures were 4,105 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired
for 1,673 claimants.
Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 (EUC08),
initial filings increased from the prior two-week level of 1,117 to 1,463.
Continued EUC08 claims increased from 34,535 to 35,963.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most
recent 13-week period under state regular state unemployment insurance program,
was 5.3 percent - up from 5.2 percent two weeks ago and up from 2.9 percent one
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860)