The DOL reported:
In the week ending December 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 3,000 from 211,000 to 214,000. The 4-week moving average was 221,750, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 750 from 227,250 to 228,000.
emphasis addedThe 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 221,750.
The previous week was revised up.
Weekly claims were lower than the consensus forecast.