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

The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 5 thousand to 210 thousand in the week ended October 13th from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 215 thousand. Figures came below market expectations of 212 thousand. Claims for South and North Carolina continue to be affected by the effects of Hurricane Florence while in Florida they were impacted by Hurricane Michael. According to unadjusted data, the largest declines in claims were registered in Kentucky (-6,257), North Carolina (-2,900), Michigan (-2,239), Georgia (-1,086), Illinois (-1,010), South Carolina (-792) and Florida (-649) while the biggest rises were seen in California (+3,144) and Wisconsin (+627). Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 353.97 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 Fall More than Expected


The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 5 thousand to 210 thousand in the week ended October 13th from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 215 thousand. Figures came below market expectations of 212 thousand. Claims for South and North Carolina continue to be affected by the effects of Hurricane Florence while in Florida they were impacted by Hurricane Michael.

The 4-week moving average was 211,750, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 209,500 to 209,750. 

According to unadjusted data, the largest declines in claims were registered in Kentucky (-6,257), North Carolina (-2,900), Michigan (-2,239), Georgia (-1,086), Illinois (-1,010), South Carolina (-792) and Florida (-649) while the biggest rises were seen in California (+3,144) and Wisconsin (+627).

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending October 6, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 6 was 1,640,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since August 4, 1973 when it was 1,633,000. The previous week's level was revised down by 7,000 from 1,660,000 to 1,653,000. Figures came below market expectations of 1,665,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,653,000, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since August 18, 1973 when it was 1,646,750. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,750 from 1,656,000 to 1,654,250.


DOL | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
10/18/2018 1:13:40 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-10-04 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 207K 215K 213K 212K
2018-10-11 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 214K 207K 206K 206K
2018-10-18 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 210K 215K 212K 212.4K
2018-10-25 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 210K 214K 209K
2018-11-01 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 210K
2018-11-08 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 210K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.70 3.90 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 134.00 270.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 121.00 254.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 13.00 16.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 18.00 5.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 210.00 215.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1640.00 1653.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 230.00 168.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155962.00 155542.00 155965.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 5964.00 6234.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.30 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 0.82 0.88 2.80 0.74 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.50 8.40 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.33 109.60 109.60 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 105.08 104.34 105.08 26.03 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7291.00 7313.00 7313.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 7136.00 7077.00 7136.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 55285.00 38472.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.81 22.73 22.81 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.79 4.66 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.60 21.42 21.60 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.80 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Population 325.72 323.41 325.72 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 60.40 60.30 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 128894.00 128577.00 129021.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 27055.00 26913.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
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 [+]
Wages High Skilled 4290.00 4120.00 4320.00 3640.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 2090.00 1830.00 2100.00 1650.00 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 October of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
210.00 215.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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