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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Weekly Unemployment Claims: Decline to 514 Thousand

by Calculated Risk on 10/15/2009 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports weekly unemployment insurance claims decreased to 514,000:

In the week ending Oct. 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 514,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 524,000. The 4-week moving average was 531,500, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised average of 540,500.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 3 was 5,992,000, a decrease of 75,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,067,000.
Weekly Unemployment Claims Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since 1971.

The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased this week by 9,000 to 531,500, and is now 127,250 below the peak in April.

Initial weekly claims have peaked for this cycle. The key question is: Will claims continue to decline sharply, like following the recessions in the '70s and '80s, or will claims plateau for some time at an elevated level, as happened during the jobless recoveries in the early '90s and '00s?

The level is still high - indicating continuing job losses - and the four-week average of initial weekly claims will probably have to fall below 400,000 before total employment stops falling.