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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Initial and Continued Unemployment Claims

Initial unemployment claims for the week ending April 21 were 209,000. As many have noted, this is the lowest figure since December, 1969. This is a volatile series though, so I suggest focusing on the 4-week moving average, which was 229,250 for the week ending April 21. And while this is low, too, it was… Read more »

March 2018 Nonfarm Payroll Update

As of March nonfarm payroll employment was 147.3 million, an increase of 2.25 million from a year earlier. In percentage terms, this is an increase of 1.6% from a year earlier. March marks the 91st consecutive month of year-on-year employment growth (for comparison, the 1990s expansion saw year-on-year employment growth for 111 consecutive months, and… Read more »