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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 357,000

by Calculated Risk on 3/28/2013 08:42:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending March 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 357,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 341,000. The 4-week moving average was 343,000, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 340,750.
This report included the annual revision.

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 343,000 - still near the post-recession low.

Weekly claims were above the 340,000 consensus forecast.  Note: This might be the beginning of unemployment claims being impacted by the "sequestration" budget cuts.