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Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims Decrease to 198,000


The DOL reported:

In the week ending October 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 198,000, a decrease of
13,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 209,000 to
211,000. The 4-week moving average was 205,750, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The
previous week’s average was revised up by 500 from 206,250 to 206,750.
emphasis addedThe 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 decreased to 205,750.

The previous week was revised up.

Weekly claims were lower than the consensus forecast.

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