Thursday, April 09, 2015

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 281,000, 4-Week Average Lowest Since 2000

by Bill McBride on 4/09/2015 08:36:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending April 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 281,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 268,000 to 267,000. The 4-week moving average was 282,250, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since June 3, 2000 when it was 281,500. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 285,500 to 285,250.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
The previous week was revised down to 267,000.

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 282,250.

This was below the consensus forecast of 285,000, and the low level of the 4-week average suggests few layoffs.