Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims Decrease to 201,000

by Calculated Risk on 9/21/2023 08:30:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending September 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 201,000, a decrease of
20,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 220,000 to
221,000. The 4-week moving average was 217,000, a decrease of 7,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The
previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 224,500 to 224,750.
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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 217,000.

The previous week was revised up.

Weekly claims were lower than the consensus forecast.