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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims

by Calculated Risk on 12/24/2009 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending Dec. 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 452,000, a decrease of 28,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 480,000. The 4-week moving average was 465,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 468,000.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec. 12 was 5,076,000, a decrease of 127,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,203,000.
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 2,750 to 465,250. This is the lowest level since September 2008.

Although falling, the level of the 4 week average is still high, suggesting continuing job losses.