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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 1 thousand to 232 thousand in the week ended April 14th 2018, slightly above market expectations of 230 thousand. It follows an unrevised 233 thousand in the previous week. According to unadjusted data, the biggest declines in initial claims were seen in New Jersey (-6,000), Pennsylvania (-2,733) and Texas (-2,413) while the main rises were recorded in NY (+15,439), California (+4,902) and Connecticut (+2,269). Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico (-408) and in the Virgin Islands (0) have still not returned to normal. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 355.31 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 Initial Claims Decline to 232K in Latest Week


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 1 thousand to 232 thousand in the week ended April 14th 2018, slightly above market expectations of 230 thousand. It follows an unrevised 233 thousand in the previous week. Claims for new unemployment benefits has never been so low for so long. Initial jobless claims have now held below 300,000 for 163 consecutive weeks, the longest streak for weekly records dating back to 1967.

The 4-week moving average was 231,250, an increase of 1,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 230,000. 

According to unadjusted data, the biggest declines in initial claims were seen in New Jersey (-6,000), Pennsylvania (-2,733) and Texas (-2,413) while the main rises were recorded in NY (+15,439), California (+4,902) and Connecticut (+2,269). Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico (-408) and in the Virgin Islands (0) have still not returned to normal.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.3 percent for the week ending April 7, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.

Continuing claims decreased by 15,000 to 1,863,000 in the week ending April 7. The previous week's level was revised up 7,000 from 1,871,000 to 1,878,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,858,750, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,750 from 1,850,250 to 1,852,000. 


DOL | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
4/19/2018 1:14:51 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-04-05 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 242K 218K 225K 218K
2018-04-12 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 233K 242K 230K 221K
2018-04-19 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 232K 233K 230K 221K
2018-04-26 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 232K 231K 220K
2018-05-03 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 220K
2018-05-10 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 220K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.10 4.10 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 103.00 326.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 102.00 320.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 1.00 6.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 22.00 32.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 232.00 233.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1863.00 1878.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 241.00 246.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155178.00 155215.00 155215.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6585.00 6706.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 63.00 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.82 0.86 2.80 0.82 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.50 9.00 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 108.93 108.40 109.07 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 108.77 108.80 108.80 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5893.00 6252.00 6502.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6052.00 6228.00 6231.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 60357.00 35369.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.42 22.38 22.42 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.47 4.73 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.35 21.31 21.35 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.70 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 127434.00 127745.00 127745.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 27858.00 27548.00 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 April of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
232.00 233.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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