Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 224,000

by Bill McBride on 11/21/2018 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending November 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 224,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 216,000 to 221,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,500, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 215,250 to 216,500.
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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 218,500.

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