Thursday, October 06, 2011

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 401,000

by Bill McBride on 10/06/2011 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending October 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 401,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 395,000. The 4-week moving average was 414,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 418,000.
The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 2000 (there is a 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 declined this week to 414,000.

This is the lowest level for the 4-week average of weekly claims since August, and this was below the consensus forecast of 410,000. Still elevated, but some improvement.