The DOL reported:
In the week ending March 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 192,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 211,000 to 212,000. The 4-week moving average was 196,500, a decrease of 750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 197,000 to 197,250.
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 196,500.
The previous week was revised up.
Weekly claims were below the consensus forecast.