Thursday, January 08, 2015

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 294,000

by Bill McBride on 1/08/2015 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending January 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 294,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 298,000. The 4-week moving average was 290,500, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 290,750.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims
The previous week was unrevised.

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 slightly to 290,500.

This was lower than the consensus forecast of 300,000, and the level suggests few layoffs.