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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 3 thousand to 218 thousand in the week ending June 16th, compared to an upwardly revised 221 thousand in the previous week and markets expectations of 220 thousand new claims. It was the fourth consecutive week of decreases in jobless claims. According to unadjusted data, the biggest declines in jobless claims were reported in Tennessee (-2,566), Illinois (-2,099), Florida (-1,971) and Georgia (-1,792) while the highest rises were seen in Pennsylvania (+2,539), California (+1,768) and Wisconsin (+1,760). Claims fell in Virgin Islands (-3) but went up in Puerto Rico (+544). Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 354.86 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 Jobless Claims Fall for 4th Straight Week


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 3 thousand to 218 thousand in the week ending June 16th, compared to an upwardly revised 221 thousand in the previous week and markets expectations of 220 thousand new claims. It was the fourth consecutive week of decreases in jobless claims.

The 4-week moving average was 221,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 224,250 to 225,000.

According to unadjusted data, the biggest declines in jobless claims were reported in Tennessee (-2,566), Illinois (-2,099), Florida (-1,971) and Georgia (-1,792) while the highest rises were seen in Pennsylvania (+2,539), California (+1,768) and Wisconsin (+1,760). Claims fell in Virgin Islands (-3) but went up in Puerto Rico (+544).

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending June 9, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.

Continuing claims during the week ending June 9 were 1,723,000, an increase of 22,000 from the previous week's revised level of 1,701,000. Figures missed market consensus of 1,730,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,722,500, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since December 8, 1973 when it was1,715,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 1,726,250 to 1,727,250.



DOL | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
6/21/2018 1:13:24 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-06-07 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 222K 223K 225K 220K
2018-06-14 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 218K 222K 224K 223K
2018-06-21 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 218K 221K 220K 220K
2018-06-28 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 218K 220K
2018-07-05 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 220.8K
2018-07-12 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 221K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.80 3.90 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 223.00 159.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 218.00 162.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 5.00 -3.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 18.00 25.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 218.00 221.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1723.00 1701.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 178.00 163.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155474.00 155181.00 155474.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6065.00 6346.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.74 0.80 2.80 0.74 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.70 8.40 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 110.16 109.37 110.16 17.13 Index Points [+]
Productivity 109.05 108.94 109.05 27.62 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7195.00 6469.00 7195.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6698.00 6633.00 6698.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 31517.00 36081.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.59 22.52 22.59 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.56 4.58 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.39 21.49 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 60.40 60.30 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 128657.00 127753.00 128657.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26883.00 27508.00 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 June of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
218.00 221.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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