Thursday, November 01, 2018

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 214,000

by Bill McBride on 11/01/2018 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending October 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 215,000 to 216,000. The 4-week moving average was 213,750, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 211,750 to 212,000.
emphasis added
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 213,750.

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