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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 212,000

by Calculated Risk on 10/24/2019 08:38:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending October 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 212,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 4,000 from 214,000 to 218,000. The 4-week moving average was 215,000, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 214,750 to 215,750.
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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 215,000.

This was close to the consensus forecast.