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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 15 thousand to 233 thousand in the week ended July 15th from the previous week's revised level of 248 thousand, way below market expectations of 245 thousand. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, went down by 2.25 thousand to 243.75 thousand. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 357.04 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)
2017-07-06 12:30 PM Jul/01 248K 244K 243K 243K
2017-07-13 12:30 PM Jul/08 247K 250K 245K 246K
2017-07-20 12:30 PM Jul/15 233K 248K 245K 246K
2017-07-27 12:30 PM Jul/22 233K 237K
2017-08-03 12:30 PM Jul/29 240K
2017-08-10 12:30 PM Aug/05 240K




US Jobless Claims Fall To 9-Week Low


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 15 thousand to 233 thousand in the week ended July 15th from the previous week's revised level of 248 thousand, way below market expectations of 245 thousand. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, went down by 2.25 thousand to 243.75 thousand.

The 4-week moving average was 243,750, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 245,750 to 246,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending July 8, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 8 was 1,977,000, an increase of 28,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 4,000 from 1,945,000 to 1,949,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,959,000, an increase of 8,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 1,949,250 to 1,950,250. 

DOL | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
7/20/2017 12:31:49 PM



United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.40 4.30 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 222.00 152.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 187.00 159.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 35.00 -7.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 1.00 -2.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 233.00 248.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1977.00 1949.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 158.00 230.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 153168.00 152923.00 153168.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6977.00 6861.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.40 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.80 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.04 1.04 2.80 1.01 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.10 8.80 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 5665.00 6371.00 6371.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5666.00 5967.00 5973.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 31105.00 33092.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.03 21.99 22.03 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.74 20.77 20.84 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 2.95 3.49 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
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 1.50 3.30 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 27142.00 27366.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 125975.00 125620.00 125987.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.10 60.00 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 July of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
233.00 248.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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