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Number of unemployment claims falls

In the week ending Sept. 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 530,000, a decrease of 21,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 553,500, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 564,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6 percent for the week ending Sept. 12, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 12 was 6.138 million, a decrease of 123,000 from the preceding week’s revised level. The four-week moving average was approximately 6.187 million, a decrease of 1,250 from the preceding week’s revised average.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.651 million.

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