In the week ending May 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 212,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 228,000. The 4-week moving average was 225,000, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 220,250.
The previous week was unrevised.
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 increased to 225,000.
This was below the consensus forecast.