Thursday, October 02, 2014

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 287,000

by Calculated Risk on 10/02/2014 08:35:00 AM

The DOL reports:

In the week ending September 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 287,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 293,000 to 295,000. The 4-week moving average was 294,750, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 298,500 to 299,000.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
The previous week was revised up to 295,000.

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 294,750.

This was below the consensus forecast of 297,000 and in the normal range for an economic expansion.