Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims

The DOL reported the latest Unemployment Claims today: 
In the week ending February 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 351,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised figure of 351,000. The 4-week moving average was 359,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised average of 366,000.
Below is an interactive graph. You can interact with the graph by choosing what to display. The Initial/Continued category allows you to choose Initial Claims and/or Continued Claims.  The Initial Claims are in units of one hundred thousand; the Continued Claims are in units of one million.

The 1 Week/4 Week category allows you to choose weekly data and/or a four week moving average. You can choose one or more decades to display with the Decade Category. The Adjusted category allows you to view Seasonally Adjusted data (SA) and/or Non-Seasonally Adjusted data (NSA).

If you left click on a category, the chart will update with only data for that item in that category. If you hold the CONTROL button down while left clicking, it will toggle that item on and off while leaving the other items in that category the same allowing you to add or subtract items. If you hold the SHIFT key down while left clicking, it will add all items in between where you clicked and the item you last clicked. You can clear all selections in a category by clicking the Filter Icon on the top right of each category (looks like a funnel with a X). You can also refresh the page to bring it back to its original state.

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