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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims Decrease to 211,000

by Calculated Risk on 3/12/2020 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending March 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 216,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,000, an increase of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 213,000 to 212,750.
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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 increased to 214,000.

This was lower than the consensus forecast.

Note: Companies have just started announcing layoffs related to COVID-19. So we should expect weekly claims to increase in the coming weeks.