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

The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 18 thousand to 214 thousand in the week ending July 7 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 232 thousand. It was the lowest reading since the week ending May 5 and surprised markets which had expected a smaller decline to 225 thousand. Yet, last week's data included the Independence Day holiday, which this year fell on a Wednesday. It probably reflects volatility around such holidays. According to unadjusted data, the largest declines in claims were reported in California (-4,797), New Jersey (-3,615), Massachusetts (-2,588), Connecticut (-2,015) and Kentucky (-1,608) while the biggest increases were seen in New York (+15,306) and Michigan (+9,132). Claims rose in Puerto Rico (+1,142) and Virgin Islands (+4). Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 354.71 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 Jobless Claims Fall to 2-Month Low


The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 18 thousand to 214 thousand in the week ending July 7 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 232 thousand. It was the lowest reading since the week ending May 5 and surprised markets which had expected a smaller decline to 225 thousand. Yet, last week's data included the Independence Day holiday, which this year fell on a Wednesday. It probably reflects volatility around such holidays.

The 4-week moving average was 223,000, a decrease of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 224,500 to 224,750.

According to unadjusted data, the largest declines in claims were reported in California (-4,797), New Jersey (-3,615), Massachusetts (-2,588), Connecticut (-2,015) and Kentucky (-1,608) while the biggest increases were seen in New York (+15,306) and Michigan (+9,132). Claims rose in Puerto Rico (+1,142) and Virgin Islands (+4).

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending June 30, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

Continuing claims during the week ending June 30 were 1,739,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 1,742,000. Figures came above market expectations of 1,720,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,728,500, an increase of 9,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 1,718,250 to 1,719,000. 


DOL | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
7/12/2018 1:53:37 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-06-28 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 227K 218K 220K 220K
2018-07-05 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 231K 228K 225K 225K
2018-07-12 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 214K 232K 225K 227K
2018-07-19 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 214K 220K 217K
2018-07-26 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 221K
2018-08-02 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 221K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.00 3.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 213.00 244.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 202.00 239.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 11.00 5.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 36.00 19.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 214.00 232.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1739.00 1742.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 177.00 189.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155576.00 155474.00 155576.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6564.00 6065.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.30 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.74 0.80 2.80 0.74 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.90 8.70 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 110.16 109.37 110.16 17.13 Index Points [+]
Productivity 109.05 108.94 109.05 27.62 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6671.00 7195.00 7195.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6638.00 6840.00 6840.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 37202.00 31517.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.62 22.59 22.62 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.56 4.58 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.40 21.39 21.49 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.80 0.60 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 60.40 60.40 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 128568.00 128657.00 128657.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 27028.00 26883.00 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 July of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
214.00 232.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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