(June 11, 2020) As the employment situation in the country has appeared to stabilize, we have decided to stop updating this graphic. Adding each week’s unemployment insurance claims number showing perpetual increases distorts the picture of current employment as shown by the metric of continued unemployment insurance claims leveling off. Should the situation change, we may change our stance.
In the post of the same name, our analysis shows new jobless claims by state, using data provided by the US Department of Labor. Since mid-March, all states have seen a rapid increase in layoffs and unemployment insurance (UI) claims but some states have seen much larger increases than others. Here, we provide the updated data via a chart that shows the absolute and relative changes week-over-week.
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Highlights for the week of May 30 (Published by the DOL on June 4):
- The seasonally adjusted initial claims of week ending May 30 were 1,877,000, showing a continuous decrease of 249,000 from the previous week.
- The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 14.8% for the week ending May 23, an increase of 0.5% from previous week’s revised rate.
- Only 3 states had increases in unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 30, Florida, California and Mississippi, compared to the previous week. The largest decreases were in New York, Michigan and Texas. Specifically, New York had an over 106,000 decrease in initial claims compared to the prior week.
- The number of people who filed for regular unemployment insurance continued to drop weekly overall for the past few weeks. This was partially attributed to fewer layoffs in the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic as most states reopened. It also suggests the shift from regular state programs to the federal unemployment program. More unemployed workers discovered their ineligibility of the state programs and applied for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) instead. We see a continuous increase in weekly PUA claims since mid-April after it was implemented.