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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 377,000

by Calculated Risk on 6/07/2012 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending June 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 377,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 389,000. The 4-week moving average was 377,750, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average of 376,000.
The previous week was revised up from 383,000 to 389,000.

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 to 377,750.

The average has been between 363,000 and 384,000 all year, and this is the highest level since early May.

And here is a long term graph of weekly claims:

Initial weekly claims remain elevated.

This was close to the consensus forecast of 379,000.

All current Employment Graphs