Thursday, November 08, 2018

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 214,000

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

The DOL reported:

In the week ending November 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 213,750, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 213,750 to 214,000.
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 decreased to 213,750.

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