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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 278,000, 4-Week Average lowest since April 2000

by Calculated Risk on 11/06/2014 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending November 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 278,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 287,000 to 288,000. The 4-week moving average was 279,000, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since April 29, 2000 when it was 273,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 281,000 to 281,250.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
The previous week was revised up to 288,000.

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 279,000.

This was lower than the consensus forecast and suggests few layoffs.