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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims at 230,000

by Calculated Risk on 5/02/2019 08:32:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending April 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 230,000, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised level of 230,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,500, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 206,000
emphasis added
The previous week was unrevised.

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 212,500.

This was well above the consensus forecast.