United States Initial Jobless Claims  1967-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 3 thousand to 241 thousand in the week ended June 17th from the previous week's revised level of 238 thousand and above market expectations of 240 thousand. Claims have now been below 300,000 for 120 straight weeks, the longest such stretch since 1970. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, rose 1.5 thousand to 244.75 thousand last week, the highest since early April. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 357.21 Thousand from 1967 until 2017, 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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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-06-08 12:30 PM Jun/03 245K 255K 240K 244K
2017-06-15 12:30 PM Jun/10 237K 245K 242K 243K
2017-06-22 12:30 PM Jun/17 241K 238K 240K 239K
2017-06-29 12:30 PM Jun/24 241K 240K 243K
2017-07-06 12:30 PM Jul/01 243K
2017-07-13 12:30 PM Jul/08 242K




US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 3 thousand to 241 thousand in the week ended June 17th from the previous week's revised level of 238 thousand and above market expectations of 240 thousand.

Claims have now been below 300,000 for 120 straight weeks, the longest such stretch since 1970.

The 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, rose 1,500 to 244,750 last week, the highest since early April. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 243,000 to 243,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending June 10, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

The continuing claims drawn by workers for more than a week (the advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment) during the week ending June 10 was 1,944,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 1,935,000 to 1,936,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,932,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 1,926,750 to 1,927,000. 

DOL | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
6/22/2017 12:34:35 PM



United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.30 4.40 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 138.00 174.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 147.00 173.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -9.00 1.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -1.00 11.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 241.00 238.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1944.00 1936.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 253.00 174.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 152923.00 153156.00 153156.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6861.00 7056.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.40 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.01 1.05 2.80 1.01 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.80 9.40 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 110.04 109.45 110.75 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.50 107.50 107.50 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6371.00 5684.00 6371.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6044.00 5785.00 6044.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 51692.00 36602.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.00 21.96 22.00 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 3.67 4.22 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.78 20.76 20.78 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.80 0.50 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 2.30 3.70 32.00 -48.40 Index Points [+]
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 [+]
Living Wage Family 1496.20 1497.50 2680.00 1433.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1407.76 1399.20 1407.76 1302.75 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27366.00 27233.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 125620.00 125987.00 125987.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.00 60.20 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1780.00 1810.00 1860.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4130.00 4150.00 4150.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]


United States Initial Jobless Claims Notes

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 June of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
241.00 238.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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