Thursday, December 10, 2009

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims Increase to 474,000

by Bill McBride on 12/10/2009 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending Dec. 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 474,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 457,000. The 4-week moving average was 473,750, a decrease of 7,750 from the previous week's revised average of 481,500.
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The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 28 was 5,157,000, a decrease of 303,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,460,000.
Weekly Unemployment Claims Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since 1971.

The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased this week by 7,750 to 473,750. This is the lowest level since October 2008.

Although falling, the level of the 4 week average is still high, suggesting continuing job losses.