Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 282,000

by Bill McBride on 3/26/2015 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending March 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 282,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 291,000. The 4-week moving average was 297,000, a decrease of 7,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 304,750.

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 decreased to 297,000.

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