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

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States decreased by 15 thousand to 243 thousand in the week ending October 7th returning to levels seen before hurricanes Harvey and Irma affected Texas, Florida and Georgia. Economists had expected jobless claims to go down to 251 thousand. Continuing claims dropped by 32 thousand to 1.89 Million in week ended September 30, the lowest since December 1973. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 356.58 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 Jobless Claims Lowest in 6 Weeks


Initial Jobless Claims in the United States decreased by 15 thousand to 243 thousand in the week ending October 7th returning to levels seen before hurricanes Harvey and Irma affected Texas, Florida and Georgia. Economists had expected jobless claims to go down to 251 thousand and data for the prior week was revised to show 2 thousand fewer applications received than previously reported.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.3 percent for the week ending September 30, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment (continuing jobless claims) during the week ending September 30 was 1,889,000, a decrease of 32,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since December 29, 1973 when it was 1,805,000. The previous week's level was revised down by 17,000 from 1,938,000 to 1,921,000.

The 4-week moving average, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, was 1,925,000, a decrease of 11,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 10,500 from 1,947,000 to 1,936,500.

Anna | anna@tradingeconomics.com
10/12/2017 12:45:58 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-09-28 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 272K 260K 265K 236K
2017-10-05 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 260K 272K 265K 236K
2017-10-12 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 243K 258K 251K 266K
2017-10-19 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 243K 240K 236K
2017-10-26 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K
2017-11-02 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.20 4.40 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls -33.00 169.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private -40.00 164.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 7.00 5.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -1.00 41.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 243.00 258.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1889.00 1938.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 135.00 228.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 154345.00 153439.00 154345.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6801.00 7132.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.50 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.40 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.10 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.08 1.08 2.80 1.01 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.10 8.90 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 108.81 108.75 109.07 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 108.08 107.66 108.08 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6200.00 6502.00 6502.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6082.00 6140.00 6140.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 32346.00 33825.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.23 22.14 22.23 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.96 20.85 20.96 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 0.50 0.80 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 1497.50 1433.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1407.76 1399.20 1407.76 1302.75 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27650.00 27569.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 126690.00 125755.00 126690.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.40 60.10 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

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 October of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
243.00 258.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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