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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 211,000

by Calculated Risk on 3/28/2019 08:37:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending March 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 5,000 from 221,000 to 216,000. The 4-week moving average was 217,250, a decrease of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 4,500 from 225,000 to 220,500.
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The previous week was revised down.

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 217,250.

This was below the consensus forecast.