Thursday, March 05, 2015

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 320,000

by Bill McBride on 3/05/2015 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending February 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 320,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 313,000. The 4-week moving average was 304,750, an increase of 10,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 294,500.

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 to 304,750.

This was above the consensus forecast of 300,000, however the low level of the 4-week average suggests few layoffs.