Thursday, August 5, 2010

Initial Unemployment Claims increase to 479,000

The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims increased this week by 5,250 to 458,500.

The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The 4-week average of initial weekly claims has been at about the same level since December 2009 (eight months) and the 4-week average of 458,500 is high historically, and suggests a weak labor market.


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