Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased to 222,000

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The DOL reported:

In the week ending June 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 218,000 to 219,000. The 4-week moving average was 217,750, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 215,000 to 215,250.
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The previous week was revised up.

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 217,750.

This was above the consensus forecast.

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