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Initial Jobless Claims 4-Week Average shows the number of people who filed initial unemployment claims during one week, presenting the average value over the last four weeks instead of the absolute values. Averaging allows for smoothing of the high volatility of the indicator. This smoothed value is used for assessing the US labor market state.
The chart of the entire available history of the "United States Initial Jobless Claims 4-Week Average" macroeconomic indicator. The dashed line shows the forecast values of the economic indicator for the specified dates.
A significant deviation of a real value from a forecast one may cause a short-term strengthening or weakening of a national currency in the Forex market. The threshold values of the indicators signaling the approach of the critical state of the national (local) economy occupy a special place.