The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 9 thousand to 220 thousand in the week ended August 10th 2019 from the previous week's upwardly revised 211 thousand and beating market expectations of 214 thousand. It is the highest level since the week ended June 29th. According to unadjusted data, the biggest rises were reported in California (+5,887), New York (+682) and Indiana (+513), while the largest decreases were seen in South Carolina (-470) and Florida (-459). Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 351.82 Thousand from 1967 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 695 Thousand in October of 1982 and a record low of 162 Thousand in November of 1968.

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States is expected to be 201.40 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Initial Jobless Claims in the United States to stand at 220.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Initial Jobless Claims is projected to trend around 267.12 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-07-25 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims Jul/20 206K 216K 219K 219K
2019-08-01 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims Jul/27 215K 207K 212K 207K
2019-08-08 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims Aug/03 209K 217K 215K 206K
2019-08-15 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims Aug/10 220K 211K 214K 215K
2019-08-22 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims Aug/17 220K 216K 219K
2019-08-29 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims Aug/24 204K
2019-09-05 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims Aug/31 204K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.70 3.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 164.00 193.00 1118.00 -1959.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 148.00 179.00 1092.00 -1766.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 16.00 14.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 16.00 12.00 655.00 -1715.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 220.00 211.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1726.00 1687.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 156.00 112.00 360.00 -706.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 157288.00 157005.00 157288.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6063.00 5975.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.30 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.30 34.40 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.00 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.71 0.87 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.50 8.10 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 111.89 111.24 111.89 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.55 106.93 107.55 25.99 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7225.00 7230.00 7884.00 2157.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 7348.00 7384.00 7626.00 2264.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 38845.00 41977.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 23.46 23.42 23.46 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 22.13 22.08 22.13 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 5.48 5.29 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.70 2.00 0.20 percent [+]
Population 327.17 325.15 327.17 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 60.70 60.60 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 130429.00 130148.00 130429.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26861.00 26807.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Living Wage Family 2380.00 2270.00 2380.00 2160.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1660.00 1560.00 1660.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1960.00 1760.00 2340.00 1760.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4520.00 4330.00 4950.00 4330.00 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 August of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
220.00 211.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2019 Thousand Weekly
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