Thursday, March 04, 2010

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 469,000

by Calculated Risk on 3/04/2010 08:29:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending Feb. 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 469,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 498,000. The 4-week moving average was 470,750, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 474,250.
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The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb. 20 was 4,500,000, a decrease of 134,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,634,000.
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 3,500 to 470,750.

The current level of 469,000 (and 4-week average of 470,750) are very high and suggest continuing job losses in February.