Unemployment claims for the week ending Dec. 13, 2008 were reported by the U.S. Department of labor at a seasonally adjusted figure of 554,000.  This was a decrease from of 21,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 575,000.  The 4-week moving average was 543,750, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec. 6 was 4,384,000, a decrease of 47,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 4,431,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,226,000, an increase of 92,000 from the preceding week’s revised average of 4,134,000.

The unadjusted unemployment claims for the week ending Dec. 13, totaled 626,943 a decrease of 132,588 from the previous week.

The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming unemployment benefits in state programs, frequently referred to as continuing claims, totaled 4,375,290 for the week of Dec. 6th a decrease of 118,191 from the preceding week.

The unadjusted number for persons receiving continuing claims was 4,493,481 for the week ending Nov. 29.

For the week ending Nov. 22 the continuing claims figured, unadjusted, stood at 3,652,990.

For the week ending Jan 4th, 2003 the continuing claims figured, unadjusted, stood at 4,486,870.

On Jan 1, 1983 continuing claims was 5,112,000.
Feb 22nd, 1975 the figure was 5,229,000.

The non seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3% for the week ending Dec. 6th.  This is the key figure to monitor, unadjusted insured unemployment rate.

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