Thursday, October 08, 2009

Weekly Unemployment Claims: Lowest Since January

by Calculated Risk on 10/08/2009 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reports weekly unemployment insurance claims decreased to 521,000:

In the week ending Oct. 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 521,000, a decrease of 33,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 554,000. The 4-week moving average was 539,750, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised average of 548,750.
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The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 26 was 6,040,000, a decrease of 72,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,112,000.
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 539,750, and is now 119,000 below the peak in April.

Initial weekly claims have peaked for this cycle, however the level of weekly claims indicates continuing weakness in the job market. The four-week average of initial weekly claims will probably have to fall below 400,000 before total employment stops falling.