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Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims Decrease to 166,000


by Calculated Risk on 4/07/2022 08:38:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending April 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 166,000, a decrease of 5,000
from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 31,000 from 202,000 to 171,000.
The 4-week moving average was 170,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous
week’s average was revised down by 30,500 from 208,500 to 178,000.
emphasis added

The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since 1971.

Click on graph for larger image.

The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased to 170,000.

The previous week was revised down (there was a significant change to seasonal adjustment factors).

Weekly claims were well below the consensus forecast.

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