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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 7 thousand to 222 thousand in the week ended February 17th 2018, below market expectations of 230 thousand. It is the lowest reading in five weeks. According to unadjusted data, the biggest declines in initial claims were seen in Michigan (-5,248); Illinois (-1,977); NY (-884); Washington (-874); and Maryland (-840). Claims in Puerto Rico rose by 1,068 and in Virgin Islands by 11. Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands have still not returned to normal. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 355.71 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 Below Forecasts


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 7 thousand to 222 thousand in the week ended February 17th 2018, below market expectations of 230 thousand. It is the lowest reading in five weeks.

The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 230,000 to 229,000. The 4-week moving average was 226,000, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 228,500 to 228,250.

According to unadjusted data, the biggest declines in initial claims were seen in Michigan (-5,248); Illinois (-1,977); NY (-884); Washington (-874); and Maryland (-840). Claims in Puerto Rico rose by 1,068 and in Virgin Islands by 11. Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands have still not returned to normal. 

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.3 percent for the week ending February 10, 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 February 10 was 1,875,000, a decrease of 73,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 6,000 from 1,942,000 to 1,948,000. 

The 4-week moving average was 1,926,500, a decrease of 16,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,500 from 1,941,250 to 1,942,750. 


DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/22/2018 1:48:25 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-02-08 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 221K 230K 232K 234K
2018-02-15 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 230K 223K 230K 224K
2018-02-22 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 222K 229K 230K 231.1K
2018-03-01 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 222K 225K
2018-03-08 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 227K
2018-03-15 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 228K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.10 4.10 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 200.00 160.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 196.00 166.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 4.00 -6.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 15.00 21.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 222.00 229.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1875.00 1948.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 234.00 242.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 154430.00 154021.00 154430.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6684.00 6576.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.40 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.30 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.88 0.94 2.80 0.88 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.20 8.90 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 108.93 108.40 109.07 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 108.77 108.80 108.80 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5359.00 5661.00 6502.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5811.00 5978.00 6177.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 44653.00 32423.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.34 22.31 22.34 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.37 21.20 21.37 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.47 3.61 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.70 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
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 60.10 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
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 [+]
Part Time Employment 27271.00 27257.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 127016.00 126723.00 127016.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Wages Low Skilled 2090.00 1830.00 2100.00 1650.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4290.00 4120.00 4320.00 3640.00 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 February of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
222.00 229.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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