Thursday, September 15, 2016

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 260,000

by Bill McBride on 9/15/2016 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending September 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 260,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 259,000. The 4-week moving average was 260,750, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 261,250.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims. This marks 80 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970.
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 260,750.

This was lower than the consensus forecast of 265,000. The low level of claims suggests relatively few layoffs.