Initial jobless claims for the week ending 20 February 2021
- Prior 861k; revised to 841k
- Continuing claims 4,419k vs 4,460k expected
- Prior 4,494k; revised to 4,520k
The headline is lower than estimates and is also better than the previous week at least. The 4-week average for initial jobless claims fell to 807,750 in the week to 20 February from the prior week of 833,250.
The largest increases in initial claims were in Illinois (+28,110), Ohio (+6,563), Idaho
(+4,764), Kansas (+1,744), and California (+1,664).
Meanwhile, the largest decreases were in Maryland (-9,835), Rhode Island
(-6,129), Georgia (-5,854), New Jersey (-4,630), and Texas (-4,234).