Thursday, February 11, 2016

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 269,000

by Bill McBride on 2/11/2016 08:36:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending February 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 269,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 285,000. The 4-week moving average was 281,250, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 284,750.

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 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 decreased to 281,250.

This was below the consensus forecast of 281,000. The low level of the 4-week average suggests few layoffs.