Thursday, February 21, 2013

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 362,000

by Bill McBride on 2/21/2013 08:36:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending February 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 362,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 342,000. The 4-week moving average was 360,750, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average of 352,750.
The previous week was revised up from 341,000.

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 increased to 360,750 - the highest 4-week average since the first week of January.

Weekly claims were above the 359,000 consensus forecast.

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