Thursday, June 17, 2010

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 472,000

by Bill McBride on 6/17/2010 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending June 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 472,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 460,000. The 4-week moving average was 463,500, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's revised average of 464,000.
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The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 5 was 4,571,000, an increase of 88,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,483,000.
Weekly Unemployment Claims Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 2000.

The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased this week by 500 to 463,500 (the "decrease" was because last week was revised up).

The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. Initial weekly claims first fell to this level in December 2009, and have been at the same level for about 6 months. The current level of 472,000 (and 4-week average of 463,500) is still high, and suggests ongoing weakness in the labor market.

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