Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 294,000

by Bill McBride on 4/16/2015 09:30:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending April 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 294,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 281,000 to 282,000. The 4-week moving average was 282,750, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 282,250 to 282,500.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
The previous week was revised up by 1,000.

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 282,750.

This was above the consensus forecast of 280,000, and the low level of the 4-week average suggests few layoffs.