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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 335,000

by Bill McBride on 1/17/2013 09:25:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending January 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 335,000, a decrease of 37,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 372,000. The 4-week moving average was 359,250, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 366,000.

The previous week was revised up from 371,000.

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 decreased to 359,250.

This was the lowest level for weekly claims since January 2008, and the 4-week average is near the low since early 2008.  Note: Data for January has large seasonal adjustments - and can be very volatile, but this is still good news.

Weekly claims were below the 368,000 consensus forecast.

All current Employment Graphs

Earlier:
Housing Starts increase sharply to 954 thousand SAAR in December

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