US Jobless Claims at 10-Week High


The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 37 thousand to 230 thousand in the week ended April 20th 2019 from the previous week’s revised level of 193 thousand and compared with market expectations of 200 thousand. Jobless claims hit the highest level since the week ended February 9h 2019.

The 4-week moving average was 206,000, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 201,250 to 201,500.

According to unadjusted data, the biggest rises were recorded in Massachusetts (+6,737); California (+5,360); Connecticut (+3,993) and New Jersey (+3,012) while the largest decreases were seen in Texas (-2,224); Arizona (-1,043); Washington (-992) and Michigan (-858).

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending April 13, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 13 was 1,655,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 1,653,000 to 1,654,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,687,750, a decrease of 25,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 1,712,500 to 1,712,750.

US Jobless Claims at 10-Week High


DOL | Agna Gabriel | agna.gabriel@tradingeconomics.com
4/25/2019 12:49:34 PM