November 21, 2012

Unemployment Claims: 410K SA; NSA Claims 10% Below a Year Ago

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:49 am

From the Department of Labor:


In the week ending November 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 410,000, a decrease of 41,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 451,000. The 4-week moving average was 396,250, an increase of 9,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 386,750.


The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 397,671 in the week ending November 17, a decrease of 80,872 from the previous week. There were 440,157 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The upward revision to last week was 12,000 (from 439K to 451K).

There was a big change in the year-to-year seasonal factors used, from 112.7 for last year’s comparable week to 97.1 this year. It’s hard to imagine why there would be such a big difference from one year to the next, as both weeks involved were the last full week of business before the Thanksgiving week. If last year’s seasonal factor would have been used on this year’s raw number, seasonally adjusted claims would have come in at 353,000 (397,671 divided by 1.127, rounded), which would have made it a pretty decent week. It will be interesting to see if anyone in the press picks up this odd swing in seasonal factors.



  1. Looks like the seasoning for the past 2 weeks were flipped from last year. I have no idea why.

    In the “elections have consequences” department, take a look at California week-ending 11/10. +24.7K in claims that week is not a good sign, especialy since that is not related to Sandy.

    Comment by steveegg — November 21, 2012 @ 10:57 am

  2. This week’s flop was a lot greater than last week’s flip — and yes, Cali’s number is troubling but not surprising given the tax votes.

    Comment by Tom — November 21, 2012 @ 11:02 am

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