However, the bigger part of the story was not
as widely reported. First, in the week
ending Oct. 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims
was 512,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week's revised figure of
532,000. The 4-week moving average was 523,750, a decrease of 3,000 from the
previous week's revised average of 526,750.