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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 206,000

by Calculated Risk on 12/13/2018 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending December 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 206,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 231,000 to 233,000. The 4-week moving average was 224,750, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 228,000 to 228,500.
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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 decreased to 224,750.

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