Thursday, September 01, 2011

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 409,000

by Bill McBride on 9/01/2011 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending August 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 409,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 421,000. The 4-week moving average was 410,250, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average of 408,500.
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 increased this week to 410,250.

Weekly claims declined slightly, but the 4-week average is still elevated. Next week claims will probably increase due to Hurricane Irene.

Note: The Verizon strike added to claims the previous two weeks.