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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 408,000

by Calculated Risk on 8/18/2011 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending August 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 408,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 399,000. The 4-week moving average was 402,500, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 406,00.
The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 2000 (longer term graph in graph gallery).

Weekly Unemployment Claims Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased this week to 402,500.

This is the lowest level for the 4-week average since early April. The 4-week average is still elevated, but has been moving down since mid-May.

Note: CPI increased 0.5% in July (0.2% core). I'll have some graphs later.