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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 377,000

by Calculated Risk on 1/26/2012 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending January 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 377,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 356,000. The 4-week moving average was 377,500, a decrease of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average of 380,000.
The previous week was revised up to 356,000 from 352,000.

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 decreased this week to 377,500.

The 4-week moving average remains below 400,000.

And here is a long term graph of weekly claims:

Weekly claims have been bouncing around lately - January is a period with large seasonal adjustments and that can lead to some large swings - but the 4-week average of weekly claims have been mostly trending down.

All current Employment Graphs