Thursday, April 20, 2017

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 244,000

by Bill McBride on 4/20/2017 08:35:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending April 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 244,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 234,000. The 4-week moving average was 243,000, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 247,250.
emphasis added
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 243,000.

This was at the consensus forecast.

The low level of claims suggests relatively few layoffs.