Jobless claims remain at historic lows with initial claims coming in at 236,000 in the August 26 week vs a revised 235,000 in the prior week. The 4-week average, at 236,750, has fallen for five straight weeks and six out of the last seven. Continuing claims are posting similar results, down 12,000 to 1.942 million in lagging data for the August 19 week with this 4-week average down slightly to 1.952 million. The unemployment rate for insured workers is unchanged at a very low 1.4 percent. There are no special factors in today's report though Hurricane Harvey is certain to drive initial claims higher, and likely substantially higher, in the coming weeks.