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Jobless Claims Unchanged for Week Ending December 23

Jobless claims, an application for first-time unemployment benefits. (Photo: Reuters)
Jobless claims, an application for first-time unemployment benefits. (Photo: Reuters)

Jobless claims, an application for first-time unemployment benefits. (Photo: Reuters)

First-time applications for jobless claims came in at a seasonally adjusted 245,000 for the week ending December 23, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised level of 245,000. The 4-week moving average was 237,750, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 236,000.

Worth noting, this report is clouded by the fact 15 states were estimated and claims-taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands. Further, the claims taking process in Puerto Rico has still not returned to normal.

Extended Benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending December 9.

The insured unemployment rate was unchanged at a very low 1.4% for the week ending December 16 and the advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 16 was 1,943,000. That’s an increase of 7,000 from the previous week, which was revised up 4,000 from 1,932,000 to 1,936,000.

However, the 4-week moving average was 1,919,750, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,000 from 1,923,000 to 1,924,000.

Overall, the highly-estimated reported doesn’t changed the strong labor market conditions ahead of the monthly report on the employment situation next week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 9 were in Puerto Rico (5.9), Alaska (4.1), the Virgin Islands (3.6), New Jersey (2.3), California (2.2), Montana (2.2), Connecticut(2.1), Pennsylvania (2.1), Illinois (1.9), and Massachusetts (1.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 16 were in New York (+2,168), Ohio (+2,062), Massachusetts (+1,928), Indiana (+927), and New Jersey (+894), while the largest decreases were in Puerto Rico (-1,225), South Carolina (-708), West Virginia (-611), Michigan (-518), and Illinois (-492).

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