by Bill McBride on 10/21/2010 08:40:00 AM
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:
In the week ending Oct. 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 452,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 475,000 [revised up from 462,000]. The 4-week moving average was 458,000, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average of 462,250.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 4,250 to 458,000.
The 4-week moving average has been moving sideways at an elevated level since last December - almost a year - and that suggests a weak job market.
Note: most revisions have been slightly up over the last year or so. The average revision has been up just over 2,000, but the revision last week was up 13,000.
Posted by Bill McBride on 10/21/2010 08:40:00 AM