Thursday, December 26, 2019

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 222,000

by Calculated Risk on 12/26/2019 09:02:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending December 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 234,000 to 235,000. The 4-week moving average was 228,000, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 225,500 to 225,750.
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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 increased to 228,000.

This was close to the consensus forecast.