Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 316,000

by Calculated Risk on 11/27/2013 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending November 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 316,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 326,000. The 4-week moving average was 331,750, a decrease of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 339,250.
The previous week was up from 323,000.

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 331,750.

Some of the recent volatility in weekly claims was due to processing problems in California (now resolved).

The level of weekly claims suggests an improving labor market.