Initial Jobless Claims 'Weakening Trend' Hits 3-Month Highs

Following last week's spike in initial jobless claims, this week saw a modest pull back to 281k (slightly better than the 285k expectations) but hovering at the average for the year, notably confirming that post-QE3 we have seen the improving trend in claims cease. The smoother 4-week average rose to 282k - the highest in almost 3 months.



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