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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims: 470,000

by Calculated Risk on 1/28/2010 08:31:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending Jan. 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 470,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 478,000. The 4-week moving average was 456,250, an increase of 9,500 from the previous week's revised average of 446,750.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 16 was 4,602,000, a decrease of 57,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,659,000.
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 increased this week by 9,500 to 456,250.

The level of the 4-week average is still relatively high and suggests continued job losses in January.