Thursday, April 06, 2017

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 234,000

by Bill McBride on 4/06/2017 08:48:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending April 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 234,000, a decrease of 25,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 258,000 to 259,000. The 4-week moving average was 250,000, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 254,250 to 254,500.
emphasis added
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 decreased to 250,000.

This was below the consensus forecast.

The low level of claims suggests relatively few layoffs.