Thursday, April 29, 2021

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims at 553,000

by Calculated Risk on 4/29/2021 08:39:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending April 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 553,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 19,000 from 547,000 to 566,000. The 4-week moving average was 611,750, a decrease of 44,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 4,750 from 651,000 to 655,750.
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This does not include the 121,749 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that was down from 133,358 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 651,000.

The previous week was revised up.

Regular state continued claims decreased to 3,813,109 (SA) from 3,886,198 (SA) the previous week.

Note: There are an additional 6,974,068 receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that decreased from 7,309,604 the previous week (there are questions about these numbers). This is a special program for business owners, self-employed, independent contractors or gig workers not receiving other unemployment insurance.  And an additional 5,192,711 receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) down from 5,605,935.

Weekly claims were higher than the consensus forecast.