Initial Claims increased by 15,000 to 576,000 filings for the week ending 08/15, were expected to come in at a much lower pace of 558,000, from 561,000 the previous week, revised from 558,000.   The 4-week moving average was 570,000, an increase of 4,500 from the proceeding week’s moving average.  Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment from the past week (08/08) was 6,241,000, an increase of 2,000 from the preceding week’s revised level, maintaining the seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate at 4.7%.

The Conference Boards’ Leading Indicators Index increased by 0.6% in July, as expected, to 101.6 (2004=100), which is the fourth consecutive increase in the index, following  a 0.8% increase in June (revised upwards from a 0.7% advancement), up 1.3% in May, and up 1.1% in April.  The Coincident Indicators was unchanged in July and stands at 99.7 (2004=100), following a decrease of 0.4% in June and down 0.3% in May.  The Lagging Indicators decreased by 0.3% in July to 110.8 (2004=100) after falling by -0.7% in June and down -0.6% in May. 

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