Weekly unemployment claims and Chicago Fed National Activity Index..

Again the weekly unemployment claims data shows relative weakness, delivering the worst performance trend for the most recent 11 weeks since at least 1997.  In the latest week that relative gap has increased from last week:

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The starting index of 100 is the weekly claims starting point for all time series, with relative increases/decreases in claims resulting in increases or declines in the index. 

The Chicago Fed National Activity index also declined: the current run of the monthly index since the start of the recession has been one of the weakest on record:

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