The DOL reported:
In the week ending July 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 266,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 1,000 from 253,000 to 252,000. The 4-week moving average was 256,500, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised down by 250 from 257,750 to 257,500.
There were no special factors impacting this week’s initial claims. This marks 73 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.
The previous week was revised down.
The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since 1971.
The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims declined to 256,500.
This was close to the consensus forecast. The low level of claims suggests relatively few layoffs.