About 1.48 million U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending June 20, reflecting continuing layoffs as the country’s economic recovery slowly starts to take shape. First-time claims have fallen for 12 straight weeks since hitting a record 6.8 million in late March. Jobs rebounded in May, and the unemployment rate dropped as employers across the country began reopening and rehiring laid off workers.
The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits dipped to 19.5 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 11 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment. The Department of Labor will publish data on June hiring next week.
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 1,457,373 in the week ending June 20, a decrease of 5,990 (or -0.4%) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 53,913 (or 3.7%) from the previous week. There were 225,819 initial claims in the comparable week in 2019. In addition, for the week ending June 20, 46 states reported 728,120 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 12.3% during the week ending June 13, a decrease of 0.3 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 17,921,282, a decrease of 501,287 (or -2.7%) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 202,892 (or 1.1%) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.1% and the volume was 1,558,646.
The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 6 was 30,553,817, an increase of 1,294,309 from the previous week. There were 1,546,208 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2019.
During the week ending June 6, Extended Benefits were available in the following 44 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,696 in the week ending June 13, a decrease of 21 from the prior week. There were 1,194 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 35 from the preceding week.
There were 15,339 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 6, a decrease of 175 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 12,483, an increase of 582 from the prior week.
During the week ending Jun 6, 46 states reported 11,046,401 individuals claiming Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits and 38 states reported 851,983 individuals claiming Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending June 6 were in Nevada (22.6), Puerto Rico (20.6), Hawaii (18.3), New York (17.8), California (17.3), Michigan (16.9), Louisiana (16.2), Massachusetts (16.2), the Virgin Islands (16.2), and Connecticut (15.8).
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 13 were in Oklahoma (+7,254), Texas (+5,047), New Jersey (+3,272), New York (+1,351), and Louisiana (+1,243), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-24,013), Maryland (-18,188), Massachusetts (-14,731), California (-14,412), and Michigan (-6,543).