Thursday, December 27, 2018

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 216,000

by Calculated Risk on 12/27/2018 08:34:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending December 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 214,000 to 217,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,000, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 222,000 to 222,750.
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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 decreased to 218,000.

This was close to the consensus forecast. The low level of claims suggest few layoffs.