Thursday, December 09, 2010

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 421,000

by Calculated Risk on 12/09/2010 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports on weekly unemployment insurance claims:

In the week ending Dec. 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 421,000, a decrease of 17,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 438,000. The 4-week moving average was 427,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 431,500.
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 4,000 to 427,500.

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.