Thursday, October 20, 2016

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 260,000

by Bill McBride on 10/20/2016 08:35:00 AM

Note: I expected some increase this week due to Hurricane Matthew.

The DOL reported:

In the week ending October 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 260,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 246,000 to 247,000. The 4-week moving average was 251,750, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 249,250 to 249,500.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims. This marks 85 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970.
The previous week was revised up.

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 251,750.

This was above than the consensus forecast of 250,000. The low level of claims suggests relatively few layoffs.