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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell by 23 thousand to 259 thousand in the week ended September 16th, well below market expectations of 300 thousand. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average which removes week-to-week volatility increased by 6 thousand to 268.750 thousand, the highest since June of 2016. However, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma continue to impact the data, mainly claims for Texas and Florida. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 356.69 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 at 3-Week Low


Initial jobless claims in the US unexpectedly fell by 23K to 259K in latest week, well below expectations of 300K. The numbers continued to be influenced by Hurricanes as unadjusted claims rose in Florida but declined in Texas. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average increased by 6K to 268.750K, the highest since June of 2016.

The previous week's level was revised down by 2,000 to 282,000. The previous week's average was revised down by 500 to 262,750. 

Unadjusted data showed initial claims went down by 23.549 thousand to 28.475 thousand in Texas and in Florida claims went up by 5.133 thousand to 9.906 thousand. 

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending September 9, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

Continuing claims increased by 44,000 to 1,980,000, during the week ending September 9. The previous week's level was revised down by 8,000 to 1,936,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,953,000, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 2,000 from 1,948,500 to 1,946,500. 

DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/21/2017 1:18:21 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-09-07 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 298K 236K 241K 237K
2017-09-14 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 284K 298K 300K 236K
2017-09-21 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 259K 282K 300K 236K
2017-09-28 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 259K 236K
2017-10-05 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K
2017-10-12 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.40 4.30 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 156.00 189.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 165.00 202.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -9.00 -13.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 36.00 26.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 259.00 284.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1980.00 1936.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 237.00 201.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 153439.00 153513.00 153513.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7132.00 6981.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.10 0.30 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.08 1.11 2.80 1.01 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.90 9.00 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 6502.00 6138.00 6502.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6170.00 6116.00 6170.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 33825.00 28307.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.12 22.08 22.12 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.85 20.96 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 27569.00 27535.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 125755.00 125921.00 125987.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.10 60.20 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 September of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
259.00 284.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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