Thursday, January 28, 2010

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims: 470,000

by Bill McBride on 1/28/2010 08:31:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending Jan. 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 470,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 478,000. The 4-week moving average was 456,250, an increase of 9,500 from the previous week's revised average of 446,750.
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The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 16 was 4,602,000, a decrease of 57,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,659,000.
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 increased this week by 9,500 to 456,250.

The level of the 4-week average is still relatively high and suggests continued job losses in January.