United States Initial Jobless Claims  1967-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 41 thousand to 220 thousand in the second week of 2018, well below market expectations of 250 thousand. It is the lowest number since February 1973. Claims taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands. The claims taking process in Puerto Rico has still not returned to normal. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 356.01 Thousand from 1967 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 695 Thousand in October of 1982 and a record low of 162 Thousand in November of 1968.

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US Jobless Claims Lowest in 45 Years


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 41 thousand to 220 thousand in the second week of 2018, well below market expectations of 250 thousand. It is the lowest number since February 24th 1973 when it was 218 Thousand.

Claims were estimated for Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, Virgin Icelands and Puerto Rico.

The 4-week moving average was 244,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 250,750. 

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 6 was 1,952,000, an increase of 76,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 7,000 from 1,869,000 to 1,876,000. 

Claims had increased over the previous four weeks, mostly due to seasonal fluctuations coused by moving holidays and cold weather.



Anna | anna@tradingeconomics.com
1/18/2018 1:43:11 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-01-04 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 250K 247K 240K 243K
2018-01-11 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 261K 250K 246K 247K
2018-01-18 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 220K 261K 250K 249K
2018-01-25 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 220K 239K 232K
2018-02-01 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 238K
2018-02-08 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 240K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.10 4.10 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 148.00 252.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 146.00 239.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 2.00 13.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 25.00 31.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 220.00 261.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1952.00 1876.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 250.00 185.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 154021.00 153918.00 154345.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6576.00 6610.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.94 0.99 2.80 0.94 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.90 9.60 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 108.36 108.42 109.07 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 108.87 108.07 108.87 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5661.00 6263.00 6502.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5879.00 5925.00 6177.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 32423.00 35038.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.30 22.23 22.30 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.20 21.10 21.20 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 3.22 2.75 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.70 0.50 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Population 324.30 322.06 324.30 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Employment Rate 60.10 60.10 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Living Wage Family 2240.00 2150.00 2240.00 2120.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1540.00 1460.00 1540.00 1420.00 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27257.00 27110.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 126723.00 126827.00 126827.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Wages Low Skilled 2090.00 1830.00 2100.00 1650.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4290.00 4120.00 4320.00 3640.00 USD/Month [+]


United States Initial Jobless Claims

Initial jobless claims have a big impact in financial markets because unlike continued claims data which measures the number of persons claiming unemployment benefits, Initial jobless claims measures new and emerging unemployment. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Initial Jobless Claims - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Initial Jobless Claims - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
220.00 261.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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