The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to 411 thousand in the week ending June 19th, from a revised 418 thousand in the previous period and compared with market expectations of 380 thousand. The total number of claimants remained close to the pandemic lows reached earlier this month, as broader business reopenings boosted economic activity and demand for labor. However, employers across the country have been complaining about the difficulty to hire, citing ongoing labor shortages due to enhanced benefits, concerns about contracting COVID-19 and finding childcare. Meanwhile, this week's report will reflect the first survey period following the early phase-out of federal enhanced unemployment benefits across many states. On June 12th, Alaska, Iowa, Missouri and Mississippi became the first states to reduce federal support ahead of the official September expiration date. source: U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 371.79 Thousand from 1967 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 6149 Thousand in April of 2020 and a record low of 162 Thousand in November of 1968. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2021.

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States is expected to be 400.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Initial Jobless Claims in the United States to stand at 300.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Initial Jobless Claims is projected to trend around 270.00 Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Initial Jobless Claims

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
411.00 418.00 6149.00 162.00 1967 - 2021 Thousand Weekly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-06-03 12:30 PM 29/May 385K 405K 390K 400K
2021-06-10 12:30 PM 05/Jun 376K 385K 370K 365K
2021-06-17 12:30 PM 12/Jun 412K 375K 359K 367K
2021-06-24 12:30 PM 19/Jun 411K 418K 380K 360K
2021-07-01 12:30 PM 26/Jun 411K 370K
2021-07-08 12:30 PM 03/Jul
2021-07-15 12:30 PM 10/Jul
2021-07-22 12:30 PM 17/Jul


News Stream
US Jobless Claims Drop Less than Forecast
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to 411 thousand in the week ending June 19th, from a revised 418 thousand in the previous period and compared with market expectations of 380 thousand. The total number of claimants remained close to the pandemic lows reached earlier this month, as broader business reopenings boosted economic activity and demand for labor. However, employers across the country have been complaining about the difficulty to hire, citing ongoing labor shortages due to enhanced benefits, concerns about contracting COVID-19 and finding childcare. Meanwhile, this week's report will reflect the first survey period following the early phase-out of federal enhanced unemployment benefits across many states. On June 12th, Alaska, Iowa, Missouri and Mississippi became the first states to reduce federal support ahead of the official September expiration date.
2021-06-24
US Jobless Claims Seen Falling to 380K
Initial jobless claims likely dropped last week to a new pandemic low of 380 thousand, after an unexpected rise in the previous period as broader business reopenings boost economic activity and demand for labor. Employers across the country have been complaining about the difficulty to hire, citing ongoing labor shortages due to enhanced benefits, concerns about contracting COVID-19 and finding childcare. Meanwhile, this week's report will reflect the first survey period following the early phase-out of federal enhanced unemployment benefits across many states. On June 12th, Alaska, Iowa, Missouri and Mississippi became the first states to reduce federal support ahead of the official September expiration date. Continuing claims likely dropped to 3.47 million in the June 12th week from 3.52 million the week before.
2021-06-24
US Initial Jobless Claims Rise for 1st Time in 7 Weeks
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose to 412 thousand last week, the first increase in more than a month. Still, the total number of claimants remained close to last week's pandemic low and is expected to decrease further in the coming weeks, due to broader economic re-opening and the benefits phase-out. This week's report reflected the last survey period during which full federal unemployment benefit programs were in place across all US states, with Alaska, Iowa, Missouri and Mississippi becoming the first states to reduce federal support ahead of the official September expiration date. Large and small businesses have been complaining about the difficulty to hire, citing ongoing labor shortages due to enhanced benefits, concerns about contracting COVID-19 and finding childcare. Meanwhile, unadjusted claims rose to 402 thousand last week, with the largest increases being recorded in Pennsylvania, California and Kentucky.
2021-06-17
US Jobless Claims Seen Falling for 7th Week
Initial jobless claims likely dropped for a seventh straight week to a new pandemic low of 359 thousand, as the labor market consolidated its recovery supported by broader economic re-opening. In addition, the total number of claimants is expected decrease further in the coming weeks, due to the benefits phase-out. This week's report will reflect the last survey period during which federal unemployment benefit programs were in place across all US states. Alaska, Iowa, Missouri and Mississippi became the first states to reduce federal support ahead of the official September expiration date. Large and small businesses have been complaining about the difficulty to hire, citing ongoing labor shortages due to enhanced benefits, concerns about contracting COVID-19 and finding childcare. Meanwhile, continuing claims likely dropped to 3.43 million in the June 5th week from 3.50 million the week before.
2021-06-17

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.