Thursday, October 31, 2013

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 340,000

by Calculated Risk on 10/31/2013 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending October 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 340,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 350,000. The 4-week moving average was 356,250, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 348,250.
The previous week was unrevised at 350,000.

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 356,250 - the highest level since April.

Some of the recent increase was due to processing problems in California (now resolved) and some probably related to the government shutdown. The four-week average will probably decline next week.