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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell by 14 thousand to 284 thousand in the week ended September 9th, well below market expectations of 300 thousand. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average which removes week-to-week volatility increased by 13 thousand to 263.25 thousand, its highest level in over a year. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 356.73 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 Unexpectedly Drop in Latest Week


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell by 14 thousand to 284 thousand in the week ended September 9th, well below market expectations of 300 thousand.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacted this week's initial claims. Still, claims have been below 300,000 for 132 straight weeks, the longest such stretch since 1970.

The 4-week moving average was 263,250, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 250,250. This is the highest level for this average since August 13, 2016 when it was 263,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending September 2, 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 September 2 was 1,944,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 11,000 from 1,940,000 to 1,951,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,948,500, a decrease of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,750 from 1,948,250 to 1,951,000. 

DOL | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
9/14/2017 12:38:19 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-08-31 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K 235K 236K 236K
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 284K 300K 236K
2017-09-28 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 236K
2017-10-05 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 284.00 298.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1944.00 1951.00 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 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 September of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
284.00 298.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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