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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits declined by 12 thousand to 232 thousand in the week ended August 12th from the previous week's unrevised level of 244 thousand and below market expectations of 240 thousand. It was the lowest level since the week ended February 25th when claims dropped to 227 thousand, which was the best reading since March 1973. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, fell by 0.5 thousand to 240.5 thousand. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 356.87 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 Fall to Near 6-Month Low


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits declined by 12 thousand to 232 thousand in the week ended August 12th from the previous week's unrevised level of 244 thousand and below market expectations of 240 thousand. It was the lowest level since the week ended February 25th when claims dropped to 227 thousand, which was the best reading since March 1973.

Claims have now been below 300,000 for 128 straight weeks, the longest such stretch since 1970.

The 4-week moving average was 240,500, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 241,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending August 5, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

The continuing claimsdrawn by workers for more than a week (the advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment) during the week ending August 5 was 1,953,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 5,000 from 1,951,000 to 1,956,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,960,250, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 1,965,000 to 1,966,250.  

DOL | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/17/2017 12:36:53 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-08-03 12:30 PM Jul/29 240K 245K 242K 243K
2017-08-10 12:30 PM Aug/05 244K 241K 240K 241K
2017-08-17 12:30 PM Aug/12 232K 244K 240K 243K
2017-08-24 12:30 PM Aug/19 232K 238K 235.6K
2017-08-31 12:30 PM Aug/26 236.9K
2017-09-07 12:30 PM Sep/02 237K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.30 4.40 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 209.00 231.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 205.00 187.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 4.00 37.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 16.00 12.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 232.00 244.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1953.00 1956.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 178.00 191.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 153513.00 153168.00 153513.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6981.00 6977.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.11 1.04 2.80 1.01 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.00 9.10 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 108.79 108.62 109.00 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.90 107.70 107.90 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6138.00 5665.00 6371.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6163.00 5702.00 6163.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 28307.00 31105.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.10 22.04 22.10 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.96 20.77 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 27535.00 27142.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 125921.00 125975.00 125987.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.20 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 Notes

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 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
232.00 244.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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