The DOL reported:
In the week ending March 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 190,000. The 4-week moving average was 197,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 193,000.
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 increased to 197,000.
The previous week was unrevised.
Weekly claims were above the consensus forecast.