In the week ending September 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 382,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 367,000. The 4-week moving average was 375,000, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 371,750.
… UNADJUSTED DATA
The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 297,402 in the week ending September 8, a decrease of 12,058 from the previous week. There were 328,868 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.
Business Insider’s email predicted 370,000. The seasonal factors used this year and during the same week last year are virtually identical (78.2 and 77.8, respectively).
As usual, last week’s 365,000 was revised up, this time by a relatively modest 2,000.
The relatively low number of raw claims probably relates to the week involved only having four business days due to the Labor Day holiday.