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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 399,000

by Calculated Risk on 1/12/2012 08:39:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending January 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 399,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 375,000. The 4-week moving average was 381,750, an increase of 7,750 from the previous week's revised average of 374,000.
The previous week was revised up to 375,000 from 372,000.

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

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The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims increased this week to 381,750.

The 4-week moving average is still well below 400,000.

And here is a long term graph of weekly claims:

All current Employment Graphs