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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increase sharply

by Calculated Risk on 10/10/2013 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending October 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 374,000, an increase of 66,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 308,000. The 4-week moving average was 325,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 305,000.
The previous week was unrevised at 308,000.

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 325,000.

Some of this sharp increase is related to the government shutdown.

Note: This information is collected by the states and will continue to be released.