Thursday, July 28, 2011

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 398,000

by Bill McBride on 7/28/2011 08:42:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending July 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 398,000, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 422,000. The 4-week moving average was 413,750, a decrease of 8,500 from the previous week's revised average of 422,250.
This is the first week with initial claims below 400,000 since early April.

The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 2000 (longer term graph in graph gallery).

Weekly Unemployment Claims Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased this week to 413,750.