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Slight Rise in US Unemployment Claims Amid Economic Recovery

By:
James Hyerczyk

US unemployment claims rise to 220,000 with the four-week average reaching a yearly high of 1,872,250.

Initial jobless claims

Highlights

  • Minor Increase in Weekly Unemployment Claims
  • Four-Week Average Hits Yearly High
  • Insured Unemployment Rate Decreases

In the week ending December 2, there has been a slight uptick in US unemployment claims. The seasonally adjusted initial claims rose to 220,000, marking an increase of 1,000 from the revised level of the previous week. This adjustment reflects a minor yet noticeable shift from the initial estimate of 218,000.

Analysis of Moving Averages and Unemployment Rates

The four-week moving average, a more stable measure of trends, increased slightly to 220,750, up by 500 from the revised average of the previous week. This increment, although subtle, indicates a gradual rise in the number of claims over the month. On a positive note, the insured unemployment rate for the week ending November 25 decreased to 1.2 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from the prior week.

Changes in Insured Unemployment Figures

The number of insured unemployment for the same period was 1,861,000, showing a decrease of 64,000 from the preceding week’s revised figure. This decline suggests a steady but slow improvement in the number of people receiving unemployment benefits.

Four-Week Average Reaches a Year’s High

Notably, the four-week moving average for insured unemployment reached its highest level since December 11, 2021, at 1,872,250. This figure, which has been adjusted downward slightly from the previous week, indicates a longer-term trend of elevated unemployment levels compared to the past year.

Short-Term Outlook

The current data indicates a mixed short-term outlook for the US labor market. The slight increase in initial unemployment claims coupled with the highest four-week average of insured unemployment in a year suggests some areas of concern. However, the decrease in the overall insured unemployment rate and the number of people receiving benefits reflects ongoing recovery in the job market. These contrasting trends highlight the complexity of the labor market’s recovery path in the current economic landscape.

About the Author

James is a Florida-based technical analyst, market researcher, educator and trader with 35+ years of experience. He is an expert in the area of patterns, price and time analysis as it applies to futures, Forex, and stocks.

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