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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 2 thousand to 236 thousand in the week ended December 2nd, below market expectations of 240 thousand. It is the third straight week of declines in initial claims, bringing it to the lowest since the last week of October. Claims taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands and those in Puerto Rico still have not returned to normal. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 356.21 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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US Initial Claims Down to 5-Week Low


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 2 thousand to 236 thousand in the week ended December 2nd, below market expectations of 240 thousand. It is the third straight week of declines in initial claims, bringing it to the lowest since the last week of October. Claims taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands and those in Puerto Rico still have not returned to normal.

The 4-week moving average was 241,500, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 242,250. 

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending November 25, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 25 was 1,908,000, a decrease of 52,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 3,000 from 1,957,000 to 1,960,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,912,750, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 1,911,000 to 1,911,750. 

DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
12/7/2017 1:38:08 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-11-22 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 239K 252K 240K 236K
2017-11-30 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 238K 240K 240K 236K
2017-12-07 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K 238K 240K 236K
2017-12-14 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K 239K 236K
2017-12-21 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K
2017-12-28 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.10 4.10 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 228.00 244.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 221.00 247.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 7.00 -3.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 31.00 23.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 236.00 238.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1908.00 1960.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 190.00 235.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 153918.00 153861.00 154345.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6610.00 6520.00 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 62.70 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.08 1.08 2.80 1.01 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.00 9.10 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 108.36 108.42 109.07 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 108.87 108.07 108.87 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6114.00 6200.00 6502.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5996.00 6177.00 6177.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 35038.00 29831.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.24 22.22 22.24 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 3.22 2.75 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.10 21.07 21.10 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.70 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 [+]
Employment Rate 60.10 60.20 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Part Time Employment 27110.00 27235.00 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 [+]
Full Time Employment 126827.00 126667.00 126827.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
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 December of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
236.00 238.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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