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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims Decrease to 216,000

by Calculated Risk on 1/30/2020 08:39:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending January 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 12,000 from 211,000 to 223,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,500, a decrease of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 3,000 from 213,250 to 216,250.
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The previous week was revised up significantly.

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 214,500.

This was close to the consensus forecast.