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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims

by Calculated Risk on 1/14/2010 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending Jan. 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 444,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 433,000. The 4-week moving average was 440,750, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised average of 449,750.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 2 was 4,596,000, a decrease of 211,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,807,000.
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 440,750. This is the lowest level since August 2008.

The decline in the 4-week average is good news, although the level is still relatively high and suggests continued job losses, or at best, minimal job gains. The current level is still mostly above the level of the previous two "jobless" recoveries.