According to the report from the Department of Labor, in the week ending March 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 770,000, an increase of 45,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 13,000 from 712,000 to 725,000. Economists had expected a decrease to 700,000. The 4-week moving average was 746,250, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 3,250 from 759,000 to 762,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending March 6, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 6 was 4,124,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 2,000 from 4,144,000 to 4,142,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,255,500, a decrease of 99,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 500 from 4,355,000 to 4,354,500.
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