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

The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits dropped by 2 thousand to 212 thousand in the week ending August 11 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 214 thousand. Jobless claims fell for the second straight week to its lowest level since the week ending in July 14. Market consensus had pointed to an increase to 215 thousand. According to unadjusted data, the largest declines were seen in Pennsylvania (-1,129), Iowa (-704) and California (-694) while the biggest increases were reported in Georgia (+479), Virginia (+276) and Connecticut (+261). Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 354.45 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 2nd Straight Week


The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits dropped by 2 thousand to 212 thousand in the week ending August 11 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 214 thousand. Jobless claims fell for the second straight week to its lowest level since the week ending in July 14. Market consensus had pointed to an increase to 215 thousand.

The 4-week moving average was 215,500, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 214,250 to 214,500. 

According to unadjusted data, the largest declines were seen in Pennsylvania (-1,129), Iowa (-704) and California (-694) while the biggest increases were reported in Georgia (+479), Virginia (+276) and Connecticut (+261).

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending August 4, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.

Continuing jobless claims, the number of people already receiving benefits, during the week ending August 4 were 1,721,000, a decrease of 39,000 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 1,760,000. It compares with market consensus of 1,750,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,738,500, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 1,745,250 to 1,746,500. 


DOL | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
8/16/2018 1:13:56 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-08-02 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 218K 217K 220K 219K
2018-08-09 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 213K 219K 220K 217K
2018-08-16 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 212K 214K 215K 217K
2018-08-23 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 212K 217K
2018-08-30 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 217K
2018-09-06 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 217K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.90 4.00 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 157.00 248.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 170.00 234.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -13.00 14.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 37.00 33.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 212.00 214.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1721.00 1760.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 219.00 181.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155965.00 155576.00 155965.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6280.00 6564.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.60 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.74 0.80 2.80 0.74 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.60 8.90 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.35 109.59 109.59 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 105.08 104.34 105.08 26.03 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6653.00 6671.00 7195.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6662.00 6659.00 6840.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 27122.00 37202.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.65 22.62 22.65 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.89 4.52 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.43 21.40 21.49 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.80 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 60.50 60.40 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 129021.00 128568.00 129021.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26992.00 27028.00 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 August of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
212.00 214.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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