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Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 295,000


The DOL reported:

In the week ending April 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 295,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 294,000. The 4-week moving average was 284,500, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 282,750.

There were no special factors impacting this week’s initial claims.

The previous week was unrevised.

The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 2000.

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The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims increased to 284,500.

This was above the consensus forecast of 290,000, and the low level of the 4-week average suggests few layoffs.
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