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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 242,000

by Calculated Risk on 5/18/2023 08:33:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending May 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 242,000, a decrease of 22,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 264,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,250, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 245,250.
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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 244,250.

The previous week was unrevised.

Weekly claims were below the consensus forecast.