Thursday, April 30, 2015

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 262,000, Lowest since April 2000

by Bill McBride on 4/30/2015 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending April 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 262,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since April 15, 2000 when it was 259,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 295,000 to 296,000. The 4-week moving average was 283,750, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 284,500 to 285,000.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
The previous week was revised up 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 decreased to 283,750.

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