Thursday, March 19, 2015

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 291,000

by Bill McBride on 3/19/2015 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending March 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 291,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 289,000 to 290,000. The 4-week moving average was 304,750, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 302,250 to 302,500.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
The previous week was revised up to 290,000.

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 304,750.

This was slightly below the consensus forecast of 293,000, and the low level of the 4-week average suggests few layoffs.