- US: Advance Trade & Inventories (Feb)
- Sweden: Retail Trade, PPI, International Trade (Feb); Iceland: CPI (Mar)
- Turkey: International Reserves (Feb); Mauritius: Wage Rate Index, LFS (Q4); Saudi Arabia: Non-Oil Foreign Trade (Jan); Palestine: BOP (Q4); UAE: Fuel Prices (Apr); Israel: Construction Starts & Completions (Q4); South Africa: Construction Survey (Q1); Tanzania: Trade (Q4)
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Economy in Brief
Texas Factory Sector Activity Remains Strong
The Dallas Fed indicated in its Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey that the General Business Activity Index eased during March...
EMU Money and Credit Growth Are Less Than Impressive Than Euro-PMIs
EMU nominal money supply growth is slightly higher over three months, but credit growth in the EMU is slower...
Durable Goods Orders Strengthened by Another Jump in Aircraft
New orders for durable goods rose 1.7% (5.0% y/y) during February...
Correction to Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims
The Department of Labor has issued a correction to yesterday's annual revision to seasonally adjusted weekly unemployment claims...
EMU PMIs Are Off to the Races...Farewell Mediocrity?
The PMI rankings for the manufacturing and service sector PMIs in the EMU are suddenly off the chart...
U.S. New Home Sales Improve While Prices Decline
Sales of new single-family homes increased 6.1% (12.8% y/y) during February to 592,000 units (AR)...
by Tom Moeller February 18, 2016
Initial unemployment insurance claims declined to 262,000 during the week ended February 13 from an unrevised 269,000 in the prior week. It was lowest level of initial filings since November 21, 2015. The four-week moving average declined to 273,250, a two month low. Consensus expectations were for 275,000 applications in the Action Economics Forecast Survey.
The latest figure covers the survey week for February nonfarm payrolls, falling 32,000 (-10.9%) from the January period. During the last ten years, there has been a 75% correlation between the level of initial claims and the m/m change in payroll employment.
In the week ending February 6, continuing claims for unemployment insurance increased to 2.273 million (-5.3% y/y) from 2.243 million. The four-week moving average eased to 2.263 million, the highest level since late-August.
The insured rate of unemployment eased to 1.7%, about where it's been since last March.
Insured rates of unemployment across states continued to vary. Near the low end of the range were Florida (0.67%), North Carolina (0.81%), Georgia (0.95%), Virginia (0.99%), Arizona (1.06%) and Tennessee (1.13%). At the high end of the scale were Massachusetts (2.80%), Illinois (2.87%), Connecticut (3.01%), Pennsylvania (3.32%), West Virginia (3.68%) and New Jersey (3.39%). The state data are not seasonally adjusted and cover the week ended January 16.
Data on weekly unemployment insurance are contained in Haver's WEEKLY database and they are summarized monthly in USECON. Data for individual states are in REGIONW. The expectations figure is from the Action Economics survey, carried in the AS1REPNA database.
The minutes to the latest FOMC meeting can be found here.
|Unemployment Insurance (000s)||02/13/16||02/06/16||01/30/16||Y/Y %||2015||2014||2013|
|Insured Unemployment Rate (%)||--||1.7||1.6||