Thursday, December 02, 2010

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 436,000

by Calculated Risk on 12/02/2010 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending Nov. 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 436,000, an increase of 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 410,000. The 4-week moving average was 431,000, a decrease of 5,750 from the previous week's revised average of 436,750.
Weekly Unemployment Claims Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 2000.

The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased this week by 5,750 to 431,000.

This is the lowest level for the 4-week moving average since August 2008. The level is still high, but the decline in the 4-week average is good news.