Thursday, December 06, 2018

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 231,000

by Bill McBride on 12/06/2018 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending December 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 231,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 234,000 to 235,000. The 4-week moving average was 228,000, an increase of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 223,250 to 223,750.
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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 228,000.

This was higher than the consensus forecast, and initial claims have increased recently. However the low level of claims suggest few layoffs.