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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased to 222 thousand in the week ending May 12th, from the previous week's unrevised level of 211 thousand and exceeding market expectations of 215 thousand. It was the highest reading in four weeks. According to unadjusted data, the biggest increases in initial claims were recorded in Missouri (+3,682), Kentucky (+2,989), Alabama (+904) and California (+890) while the main declines were seen in Pennsylvania (-1,381), Ohio (-1,214) and New York (-950). Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico (-164) and in the Virgin Islands (-5) have still not returned to normal. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 355.10 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 Jobless Claims Rise More than Expected


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased to 222 thousand in the week ending May 12th, from the previous week's unrevised level of 211 thousand and exceeding market expectations of 215 thousand. It was the highest reading in four weeks.

The 4-week moving average was 213,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 216,000. This is the lowest level for this average since December 13, 1969 when it was 210,750. 

According to unadjusted data, the biggest increases in initial claims were recorded in Missouri (+3,682), Kentucky (+2,989), Alabama (+904) and California (+890) while the main declines were seen in Pennsylvania (-1,381), Ohio (-1,214) and New York (-950). Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico (-164) and in the Virgin Islands (-5) have still not returned to normal.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending May 5, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 5 was 1,707,000, a decrease of 87,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since December 1, 1973 when it was 1,692,000. The previous week's level was revised up 4,000 from 1,790,000 to 1,794,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,773,750, a decrease of 39,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since December 22, 1973 when it was 1,756,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 1,812,500 to 1,813,500. 


DOL | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
5/17/2018 12:54:21 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-05-03 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 211K 209K 225K 220K
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 222K 220K 221K
2018-05-31 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 218K
2018-06-07 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 218K


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 222.00 211.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1707.00 1794.00 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
222.00 211.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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