In the week ending May 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 278,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 294,000. The 4-week moving average was 275,750, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 268,250.

There were no special factors impacting this week’s initial claims. This marks 63 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.