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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 365,000

by Calculated Risk on 8/02/2012 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending July 28 the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 365,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 357,000. The 4-week moving average was 365,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 368,250.
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 declined to 365,500.

The sharp swings over the last few weeks are apparently related to difficulty adjusting for auto plant shutdowns.

And here is a long term graph of weekly claims:

This was below the consensus forecast of 370,000 and is the lowest level for the four week average since March - and is near the post bubble low of 363,000.

All current Employment Graphs