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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 339,000

by Calculated Risk on 4/25/2013 08:35:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending April 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 355,000. The 4-week moving average was 357,500, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 362,000.
The previous week was revised up 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 to 357,500.

Weekly claims were the lowest in six weeks and were below the 350,000 consensus forecast.