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Posts Categorized: Unemployment Claims

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 »

Initial Unemployment Claims Update

The DOL has released unemployment claims data for the week ending February 25 (see the DOL news release here). Initial claims show us a labor market that continues to improve, with the 4-week moving average as of February 25 at 234,250 down 10.3% from a year earlier (here’s a link to the FRED chart below):… Read more »

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims down 12.1% from a year ago

The Department of Labor reported that for the week ending February 4, seasonally adjusted initial claims were 234,000, down from the previous week’s unrevised level of 246,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,250, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 248,000. Compared to a year earlier, the 4-week moving average is… Read more »