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Jobless Claims  
Released On 3/22/2018 8:30:00 AM For wk3/17, 2018
PriorConsensusConsensus Range
New Claims - Level226 K225 K220 K to 230 K
4-week Moving Average - Level221.50 K
New Claims - Change-4 K

Consensus Outlook
Versus 226,000 in the prior week, initial claims are expected to come in at 225,000 in the March 17 week which is the sample week of the monthly employment report. Claims have been low and consistent with minimal layoffs and strong demand for labor.

New unemployment claims are compiled weekly to show the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time. An increasing (decreasing) trend suggests a deteriorating (improving) labor market. The four-week moving average of new claims smooths out weekly volatility.  Why Investors Care
Weekly series fluctuate more dramatically than monthly series even when the series are adjusted for seasonal variation. The 4-week moving average gives a better perspective on the underlying trend.
Data Source: Haver Analytics

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