The DOL reported:
In the week ending December 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 236,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 238,000. The 4-week moving average was 241,500, a decrease of 750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 242,250.
Claims taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands. Claims taking process in Puerto Rico has still not returned to normal.
The previous week was unrevised.
The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since 1971.
The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased to 241,500.
This was lower than the consensus forecast. The low level of claims suggest relatively few layoffs.