Unemployment Insurance Claims
Initial claims for unemployment increased 557 for April to 20,435, not seasonally adjusted. Year-over-year, the claims increased 3.8 percent, or 740. Over the year, claims were mixed, with most industries increasing moderately but a few very large increases or small decreases. Claims in Mining, Utilities, and Agriculture increased 194.7 percent (74), 150.0 percent (57), and 88.1 percent (140), respectively. There were declines in Retail Trade (down 8.0 percent, 125), Other Services (down 6.0 percent, 32), and Health Care and Social Assistance (down 4.9 percent, 83). On a seasonally adjusted basis, initial claims were 23,349, an increase of 621 from March.
Seasonally Adjusted Data (Excel)
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