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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 11 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ending May 19th, above market expectations of 220 thousand. It is the highest reading in seven weeks. The previous week level was revised slightly up by 1 thousand to 223 thousand. According to unadjusted data, the biggest rises in claims were recorded in California (2,782), Pennsylvania (2,214), Kentucky (1,679), Michigan (1,550) and New Jersey (1,034). The biggest declines were seen in Missouri (-2,852) and Washington (-289). Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico (-5) and in the Virgin Islands (-11) have still not returned to normal. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 355.06 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 Initial Claims at 7-Week High


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 11 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ending May 19th, above market expectations of 220 thousand. It is the highest reading in seven weeks. The previous week level was revised slightly up by 1 thousand to 223 thousand.

The 4-week moving average was 219,750, an increase of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 213,250 to 213,500.

According to unadjusted data, the biggest rises in claims were recorded in California (2,782), Pennsylvania (2,214), Kentucky (1,679), Michigan (1,550) and New Jersey (1,034). The biggest declines were seen in Missouri (-2,852) and Washington (-289). Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico (-5) and in the Virgin Islands (-11) have still not returned to normal.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending May 12, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.

Continuing claims increased by 29,000 to 1,741,000 during the week ending May 12. The previous week's level was revised up 5,000 from 1,707,000 to 1,712,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,751,750, a decrease of 23,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since December 15, 1973 when it was 1,735,750. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 1,773,750 to 1,775,000. 


DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/24/2018 12:40:34 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-05-10 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 211K 211K 218K 220K
2018-05-17 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 222K 211K 215K 220K
2018-05-24 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 234K 223K 220K 221K
2018-05-31 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 234K 225K 227K
2018-06-07 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 224K
2018-06-14 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 224K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.90 4.10 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 164.00 135.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 168.00 135.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -4.00 0.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 24.00 22.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 234.00 223.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1741.00 1712.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 204.00 228.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155181.00 155178.00 155215.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6346.00 6585.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.10 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.80 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.80 0.82 2.80 0.80 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.40 8.50 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.97 109.25 109.97 17.13 Index Points [+]
Productivity 109.13 108.94 109.13 27.62 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6469.00 5893.00 6502.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6550.00 6078.00 6550.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 36081.00 60357.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.51 22.46 22.51 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.45 4.33 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.49 21.35 21.49 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.80 0.60 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 60.30 60.40 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 127753.00 127434.00 127753.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 27508.00 27858.00 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 May of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
234.00 223.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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