Thursday, July 09, 2015

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 297,000

by Bill McBride on 7/09/2015 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending July 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 297,000, an increase of 15,000 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 279,500, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 274,750 to 275,000.

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 1971.

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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 279,500.

This was above the consensus forecast of 275,000, however the low level of the 4-week average suggests few layoffs.