by Calculated Risk on 1/18/2018 08:34:00 AM
Thursday, January 18, 2018
The DOL reported:
In the week ending January 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 220,000, a decrease of 41,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 261,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since February 24, 1973 when it was 218,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 250,750.The previous week was unrevised.
Claims taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands. The claims taking process in Puerto Rico has still not returned to normal.
The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since 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 244,500.
This was much lower than the consensus forecast. The low level of claims suggest relatively few layoffs.
Posted by Calculated Risk on 1/18/2018 08:34:00 AM