The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 4 thousand to 231 thousand in the week ending December 1 from the previous week's revised level of 235 thousand. It compares with market expectations of a decline to 225 thousand. According to unadjusted data, the largest declines were seen in Oklahoma (-1,022), Kentucky (-753), Vermont (-309) and Massachusetts (-189) while the biggest increases were reported in California (+21,803), Pennsylvania (+9,954), New York (+8,965) and Illinois (+8,022). Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 353.63 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.

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States is expected to be 210.00 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 230.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Initial Jobless Claims is projected to trend around 240.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-11-15 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 216K 214K 212K 215K
2018-11-21 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 224K 221K 215K 214K
2018-11-29 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 234K 224K 220K 221K
2018-12-06 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 231K 235K 225K 229K
2018-12-13 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 231K 225K 226K
2018-12-20 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 226K
2018-12-27 01:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 227K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.70 3.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 155.00 237.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 161.00 251.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -6.00 -14.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 27.00 26.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 231.00 235.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1631.00 1705.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 179.00 225.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 156795.00 156562.00 156795.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 5975.00 6075.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.10 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 0.77 0.84 2.80 0.74 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.30 8.50 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.05 108.81 109.60 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 105.69 105.10 105.69 26.03 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7070.00 7291.00 7313.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 7079.00 6960.00 7293.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 53073.00 75644.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.95 22.88 22.95 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.60 4.79 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.82 21.67 21.82 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 60.60 60.60 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 129755.00 129212.00 129755.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 27039.00 27297.00 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 High Skilled 4520.00 4330.00 4950.00 4330.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1960.00 1760.00 2340.00 1760.00 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 December of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
231.00 235.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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