In the week ending February 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 218,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 3,000 from 224,000 to 227,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,250, an increase of 3,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 750 from 207,750 to 208,500.

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