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Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims Decrease to 180,000

The DOL reported:
In the week ending April 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 180,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 184,000 to 185,000. The 4-week moving average was 179,750, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 177,250 to 177,500.
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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 increased to 179,750.

The previous week was revised up.

Weekly claims were close to the consensus forecast.

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