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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 360,000

by Calculated Risk on 7/15/2021 08:35:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending July 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 360,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 13,000 from 373,000 to 386,000. The 4-week moving average was 382,500, a decrease of 14,500 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 2,500 from 394,500 to 397,000.
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This does not include the 96,362 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that was down from 100,590 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 increased to 392,750.

The previous week was revised up.

Regular state continued claims decreased to 3,241,000 (SA) from 3,367,000 (SA) the previous week.

Note: There are an additional 5,687,188 receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that decreased from 5,824,831 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 4,710,359 receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) down from 4,908,107.

Weekly claims were higher than the consensus forecast.