Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 247,000

by Bill McBride on 7/13/2017 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending July 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 247,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 248,000 to 250,000. The 4-week moving average was 245,750, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 243,000 to 243,500.
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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 245,750.

This was higher than the consensus forecast.

The low level of claims suggests relatively few layoffs.