Thursday, June 18, 2020

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 1,508,000

by Calculated Risk on 6/18/2020 08:39:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending June 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,508,000, a decrease of 58,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 24,000 from 1,542,000 to 1,566,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,773,500, a decrease of 234,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 6,000 from 2,002,000 to 2,008,000.
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The previous week was revised up.

This does not include the 760,526 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - this was an increase from the previous week.

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 1,773,500.

This was higher than the consensus forecast of 1.4 million initial claims and the previous week was revised up.

The second graph shows seasonally adjust continued claims since 1967 (lags initial by one week).

At the worst of the Great Recession, continued claims peaked at 6.635 million, but then steadily declined.

Continued claims decreased slightly to 20,544,000 (SA) from 20,606,000 (SA) last week and will likely stay at a high level until the crisis abates.

Note: There are an additional 9,280,644 receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This is a special program for business owners, self-employed, independent contractors or gig workers not receiving other unemployment insurance.