US Jobless Claims at 43-Year Low


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was flat at 246,000 in the week ended October 8th, the lowest in 43 years and below market expectations of 254,000. It marks the 84th consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970 and signaling the labour market strength.

The previous week's level was revised down by 3,000 from 249,000 to 246,000.

The 4-week moving average was 249,250, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 3, 1973 when it was 244,000. The previous week's average was revised down by 750 from 253,500 to 252,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending October 1, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 1 was 2,046,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since June 24, 2000 when it was 2,033,000. The previous week's level was revised up 4,000 from 2,058,000 to 2,062,000.

The 4-week moving average was 2,070,000, a decrease of 25,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since July 8, 2000 when it was 2,056,250. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 2,094,750 to 2,095,750. 

US Jobless Claims at 43-Year Low


DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
10/13/2016 12:44:49 PM