Thursday, May 30, 2013

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 354,000

by Calculated Risk on 5/30/2013 08:30:00 AM

Note: The BEA reported GDP for Q1 was revised down to a 2.4% annualized real growth rate from 2.5% in the advance report:

Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2013 (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. ... The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, real GDP increased 2.5 percent. With the second estimate for the first quarter, increases in private inventory investment, in exports, and in imports were less than previously estimated, but the general picture of overall economic activity is not greatly changed.
I'll have more on GDP later.

The DOL reports:
In the week ending May 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 354,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 344,000. The 4-week moving average was 347,250, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 340,500.
The previous week was revised up from 340,000.

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 347,250.

Claims were above the 340,000 consensus forecast.