Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 298,000

by Calculated Risk on 8/28/2014 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending August 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 298,000 to 299,000. The 4-week moving average was 299,750, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 300,750 to 301,000.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
The previous week was revised up to 299,000.

The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 1971.

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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 299,750.

This was close to the consensus forecast of 300,000.