Thursday, August 16, 2018

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 212,000

by Bill McBride on 8/16/2018 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending August 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 212,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 213,000 to 214,000. The 4-week moving average was 215,500, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 214,250 to 214,500.
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The previous week was revised up.

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 increased to 215,500.

This was lower than the consensus forecast. The low level of claims suggest few layoffs.