Thursday, August 01, 2013

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 326,000

by Bill McBride on 8/01/2013 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending July 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 345,000. The 4-week moving average was 341,250, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 345,750.

The previous week was revised up from 343,000.

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 341,250.

The 4-week average has mostly moved sideways over the last few months, and is near the low for the year.  Claims were below to the 345,000 consensus forecast.

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