Thursday, September 02, 2010

Weekly initial unemployment claims decline slightly

by Bill McBride on 9/02/2010 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending Aug. 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 472,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 478,000. The 4-week moving average was 485,500, a decrease of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average of 488,000.
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 dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased this week by 2,500 to 485,500.

Claims for last week were revised up from 473,000 to 478,000. So the level this week is about the same as initially reported last week.

The current level of the 4-week average suggests a weak job market.