Thursday, December 15, 2011

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 366,000

by Bill McBride on 12/15/2011 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending December 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 366,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 385,000. The 4-week moving average was 387,750, a decrease of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average of 394,250.
The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 2000.

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The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased this week to 387,750.

This is the lowest level for weekly claims - and the lowest level for the 4-week average - since early 2008.

And here is a long term graph of weekly claims:






All current Employment Graphs