Thursday, June 30, 2016

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 268,000

by Bill McBride on 6/30/2016 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending June 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 268,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 259,000 to 258,000. The 4-week moving average was 266,750, unchanged from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 267,000 to 266,750.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims. This marks 69 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.
The previous week was revised down 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 was unchanged at 266,750.

This was close to the consensus forecast. The low level of claims suggests relatively few layoffs.