In the week ending July 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,416,000, an increase of 109,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 7,000 from 1,300,000 to 1,307,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,360,250, a decrease of 16,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,750 from 1,375,000 to 1,376,750.
The previous week was revised up.
This does not include the 974,999 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
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 decreased to 1,360,250.
Initial weekly claims was above the consensus forecast of 1.3 million initial claims and the previous week was revised up.
The second graph shows seasonally adjust continued claims since 1967 (lags initial by one week).
At the worst of the Great Recession, continued claims peaked at 6.635 million, but then steadily declined.
Continued claims decreased to 16,197,000 (SA) from 17,304,000 (SA) last week and will likely stay at a high level until the crisis abates. Note that continued claims are released with a one week lag, but this decline suggests further improvement in the labor market.
Note: There are an additional 13,179,880 receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This is a special program for business owners, self-employed, independent contractors or gig workers not receiving other unemployment insurance.