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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 363,000

by Bill McBride on 11/01/2012 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending October 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 363,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 372,000. The 4-week moving average was 367,250, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 368,750.
The previous week was revised up from 369,000.

The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 2000.

Click on graph for larger image.

The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased to 367,250. This is about 4,000 above the cycle low for the 4-week average of 363,000 in March.

Weekly claims were slihgtly lower than the consensus forecast of 365,000.

And here is a long term graph of weekly claims:

Mostly moving sideways this year, but near the cycle bottom.

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to Hurricane Sandy, we will probably see an increase in initial unemployment claims over the next few weeks.

All current Employment Graphs

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