Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 222,000
The DOL reported:
In the week ending February 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 230,000 to 229,000. The 4-week moving average was 226,000, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 228,500 to 228,250.The previous week was revised down.
Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands have still not returned to normal.
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 226,000.
This was lower than the consensus forecast. The low level of claims suggest relatively few layoffs.