SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
In the week ending April 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 388,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 389,000. The 4-week moving average was 381,750, an increase of 6,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 375,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending April 14, unchanged from the prior week.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 14 was 3,315,000, an increase of 3,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,312,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,311,750, a decrease of 9,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,321,500.
Jobless claims suggest stumbling labor recovery | Reuters
The number of Americans lining up for new jobless benefits fell slightly last week but remained above levels posted earlier this year, suggesting improvement in the labor market is stalling.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 1,000 to 388,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
“This was a disappointing number and offers more evidence that the labor market continues to lose traction,” said Joe Manimbo, an analyst at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington.
Economists polled by Reuters had expected new claims to fall to 375,000…
The report on jobless claims was the latest example of fizzling momentum in the labor market recovery.
Employers added 120,000 new jobs to their payrolls in March, the least since October, after averaging 246,000 jobs per month over the prior three months.
New claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply over the winter but the improvement has largely reversed over the last month.
The four-week moving average for new claims, a closely followed measure of labor market trends, rose 6,250 last week to 381,750, its highest since the week that ended January 7…