Thursday, August 29, 2013

Q2 GDP Revised up to 2.5%, Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 331,000

by Calculated Risk on 8/29/2013 08:30:00 AM

From the BEA:

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 2.5 percent in the second quarter of 2013 (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. ... In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 1.7 percent.

The upward revision to the percent change in real GDP primarily reflected an upward revision to exports, a downward revision to imports, and an upward revision to private inventory investment that were partly offset by a downward revision to state and local government spending.
• The DOL reports:
In the week ending August 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 331,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 337,000. The 4-week moving average was 331,250, an increase of 750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 330,500.
The previous week was revised up from 336,000.

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 331,250.

The 4-week average is near the lowest level since November 2007 (before the recession started).  Claims were close to the 330,000 consensus forecast.