Initial Claims fell by 4,000 to 570,000 for the week ending 08/29, expected to decrease down to 562,000, following a 574,000 reading the previous week revised upward from the originally reported 570,000 level.  The 4-week moving average was 571250, an increase of 4,000 from the proceeding week’s moving average.  Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment from the past week (08/22) was 6,234,000, an increase of 92,000 from the preceding week’s revised level, adjusting the seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate to 4.7% from 4.6% for the week ending 08/15.  This release proceeds the August Employment Situation, which will be announced by the BLS tomorrow at 8:30 AM EST, with the unemployment rate expected to rise to 9.5% from the 9.4% July rate, and Nonfarm Payrolls are expected to decrease by 228,000 following a 247,000 decrease in July.

The ISM Services Index is scheduled for release today, and is expected to increase to 48.5 in August following a drop to 46.4 in July from 47 in June.  An estimated reading below 50 would imply contraction of the non-manufacturing section for the 11th consecutive month.  The index’s complement, the ISM Manufacturing Index, broke an 18 month streak of contraction coming in at 52.9 for August on Tuesday’s release.

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