Thursday, August 07, 2014

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 289,000, 4-Week Average Lowest since February 2006

by Bill McBride on 8/07/2014 08:37:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending August 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 289,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 302,000 to 303,000. The 4-week moving average was 293,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since February 25, 2006 when it was 290,750. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 297,250 to 297,500.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
The previous week was revised up to 303,000.

The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 1971.

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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 293,500.

This was lower than the consensus forecast of 305,000. 

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