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Initial Jobless Claims Rise Less Than Expected

Today's release of initial jobless claims showed a smaller than expected increase as total claims came in at 336K versus forecasts of 340K.  Even though claims actually rose from last week, it is hard not to like when the level is still just 336K.

Even after this week's increase, the four-week moving average of jobless claims fell by 7.5K down to 339.8K.  This represents another post-recession low, and it's the lowest level since February 2008.

On a non-seasonally adjusted basis (NSA), claims fell from 317.5K down to 299.1K.  This represents the lowest level for the current week dating back to 2007, and it's well below the average for the current week dating back to 2000 (353.2K).