In the week ending August 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 239,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 248,000 to 250,000. The 4-week moving average was 234,250, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 500 from 231,000 to 231,500.

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