The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 2K to 229K in the week that ended June 18th, below market forecasts of 227K, pointing again to a tight labor market. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, initial claims fell by 3,255 from the previous week to 202,844, with notable decreases seen in Illinois (-2,476) and Florida (-1,257), while the main increase was seen in Michigan (+1,863). The 4-week moving average was 223,500, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week's upwardly revised average. source: U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 369.87 Thousand from 1967 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 6137 Thousand in April of 2020 and a record low of 162 Thousand in November of 1968. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2022.

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States is expected to be 215.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United States Initial Jobless Claims is projected to trend around 220.00 Thousand in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United States Initial Jobless Claims



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-06-16 12:30 PM 11/Jun 229K 232K 215K 240K
2022-06-23 12:30 PM 18/Jun 229K 231K 227K 227K
2022-06-30 12:30 PM 25/Jun 229K 228K 218K


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Initial Jobless Claims 229.00 231.00 Thousand Jun 2022
Continuing Jobless Claims 1315.00 1310.00 Thousand Jun 2022
Productivity 110.98 113.17 points Mar 2022
Labour Costs 127.95 124.20 points Mar 2022
Jobless Claims 4-week Average 223.50 219.00 Thousand Jun 2022
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims 0.90 1.55 Thousand Dec 2021

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.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
229.00 231.00 6137.00 162.00 1967 - 2022 Thousand Weekly
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Initial Jobless Claims Fall Less than Expected
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 2K to 229K in the week that ended June 18th, below market forecasts of 227K, pointing again to a tight labor market. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, initial claims fell by 3,255 from the previous week to 202,844, with notable decreases seen in Illinois (-2,476) and Florida (-1,257), while the main increase was seen in Michigan (+1,863). The 4-week moving average was 223,500, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week's upwardly revised average.
2022-06-23
Initial Claims Fall Less than Expected
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 3K to 229K in the week ended June 11th, below market forecasts of 210K pointing again to the exceptionally tight labor market. Meanwhile, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, initial claims increased by 17,695 from the previous week to 204,461, with notable gain seen in Florida (+2,098), Georgia (+2,060), Pennsylvania (+1,134), Missouri (+1,053), and Illinois (+827). The 4-week moving average was 218,500, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average.
2022-06-16
Initial Claims Rise More than Expected
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 27K to 229K in the week ended June 4th, the highest since mid-January and above market forecasts of 210K. Still, claims have been below the 200K-250K range which is viewed as consistent with healthy labor market conditions since late November. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the biggest increases were seen in Georgia (1817K), Florida (1695K) and Pennsylvania (1089) while the biggest decreases were in Michigan (-2078K) and Mississippi (-1825K). The 4-week moving average went up by 8K to 215K. Meanwhile, continuing claims were unchanged at 1306K, compared to forecasts of 1305K.
2022-06-09