Thursday, February 26, 2015

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 313,000

by Bill McBride on 2/26/2015 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending February 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 313,000, an increase of 31,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 283,000 to 282,000. The 4-week moving average was 294,500, an increase of 11,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 283,250 to 283,000.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
The previous week was revised down to 282,000.

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 294,500.

This was above the consensus forecast of 290,000, and the low level of the 4-week average suggests few layoffs.