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 Economic Research and Analysis - Initial and Continued Claims
There are two components to the unemployment insurance claims data. The first component is initial claims. Initial claims measure how many job seekers are filing an unemployment insurance claim for the first time. The second component is continued claims. Continued claims indicate the number of job seekers that continue to receive the unemployment insurance benefit after their initial claim.
For the file week ending on 5/2/2015, initial claims expanded by 109 to 2,063.  For the same file week, the initial claims four-week moving average dropped by 12 to 2,027.
For the file week ending on 5/2/2015, continued claims rose by 464 to 21,732.  The continued claims four-week moving average increased by 391 to 21,057.
The following two charts illustrate changes in initial and continued claims from January 3, 1987, through May 2, 2015.  This data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s web site. To download a spreadsheet containing the data click here.  For data on other states or for more information on the data visit their website at http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims.asp.