Thursday, March 22, 2012

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 348,000

by Bill McBride on 3/22/2012 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending March 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 353,000. The 4-week moving average was 355,000, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average of 356,250.
The previous week was revised up to 353,000 from 351,000.

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 was declined to 355,000.

The 4-week moving average is near the lowest level since early 2008.

And here is a long term graph of weekly claims:



The ongoing decline in initial weekly claims is good news. Even in "good times" weekly claims are usually just above 300 thousand, and claims are getting there.

All current Employment Graphs

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