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U.S. unemployment claims decrease

In the week ending March 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 442,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 453,750, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week’s revised average.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending March 13, unchanged from the prior week’s revised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 13 was 4.648 million, a decrease of 54,000 from the preceding week’s revised level. The four-week moving average was 4.689 million, a decrease of 36,500 from the preceding week’s revised average.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.140 million.

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