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Jobless Claims: Modest Rise, Mostly Seasonals
April 20, 2017
Bottom Line: Claims rose modestly in the week ending on the Good Friday holiday. Unadjusted claims were lower by 12k but the seasonal adjustment had expected a decline of 22k -- the difference accounts for the 10k rise we see in the adjusted figure. The 4-week average is at 243k, still below the 13-week average that is now 246k, indicating the labor market trends are improving modestly.
Jobless Claims ROSE by 10k during the week ended April 15th, 244k, compared with market expectations for an increase to 240k.The 4-week average FELL by 4.3k to 243k and the 13 week average ROSE by 0.2k to 246k.
Continuing Claims FELL by 49k during the week ended April 8th to 1,979k, after the prior week was revised slightly lower from 2,052k to 2,035k.The 4-week average FELL by 2k to 2,024k.
On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, Continuing Claims FELL by 93k to 2,046k during the week ended April 1st.
The Insured Jobless Rate FELL by 0.1% to 1.4% during the week ended April 8th. The insured jobless rate only reflects the number of people collecting regular state unemployment insurance.