The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose by 23 thousand from the previous period, the most in 8-weeks, to 230 thousand in the week ending January 8th, compared with market expectations of 200 thousand, as a surge in coronavirus cases led by the Omicron variant disrupted activity from airlines to schools. Still, claims remained below their pre-pandemic level, suggesting labor market conditions continued to tighten as the US economy expanded at a solid pace and demand for labor remained strong. Claims hit a 52-year low of 188 thousand during the first week of December. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, initial claims jumped by 104 thousand to 419 thousand, with notable increases being recorded in California (12.8 thousand), New York (10.8 thousand), Texas (9.4 thousand), Kentucky (8.5 thousand), and Missouri (7.3 thousand). source: U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 371.10 Thousand from 1967 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 6149 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 January of 2022.

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States is expected to be 230.00 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
2022-01-06 01:30 PM 01/Jan 207K 200K 197K 205K
2022-01-13 01:30 PM 08/Jan 230K 207K 200K 215K
2022-01-20 01:30 PM 15/Jan 230K 220K 232K


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Initial Jobless Claims 230.00 207.00 Thousand Jan/22
Continuing Jobless Claims 1559.00 1753.00 Thousand Jan/22
Productivity 111.28 112.76 points Sep/21
Labour Costs 122.71 119.94 points Sep/21
Jobless Claims 4-week Average 210.75 204.50 Thousand Jan/22
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims 0.90 1.55 Thousand Dec/21

News Stream
US Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose by 23 thousand from the previous period, the most in 8-weeks, to 230 thousand in the week ending January 8th, compared with market expectations of 200 thousand, as a surge in coronavirus cases led by the Omicron variant disrupted activity from airlines to schools. Still, claims remained below their pre-pandemic level, suggesting labor market conditions continued to tighten as the US economy expanded at a solid pace and demand for labor remained strong. Claims hit a 52-year low of 188 thousand during the first week of December. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, initial claims jumped by 104 thousand to 419 thousand, with notable increases being recorded in California (12.8 thousand), New York (10.8 thousand), Texas (9.4 thousand), Kentucky (8.5 thousand), and Missouri (7.3 thousand).
2022-01-13
US Weekly Jobless Claims Rise Last Week
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 7 thousand to 207 thousand in the week ending January 1st from an upwardly revised 200 thousand in the previous period and compared to market expectations of 197 thousand. Still, claims remained below the levels seen before the Covid-19 pandemic, when claims were averaging around 215,000. The 4-week moving average of claims, which removes week-to-week volatility, rose to 204.5 thousand, an increase of 4.75 thousand from the previous week's revised average of 199.75 thousand. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, initial claims rose by 57.6 thousand to 315.47 thousand with notable increases being recorded in New York (+8,922), Pennsylvania (+6,806), Connecticut (+5,992), Washington (+4,578) and Michigan (+4,559).
2022-01-06
US Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Back Below 200K
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped by 8 thousand from the previous period to 198 thousand in the week ending December 25th, remaining close to a 52-year low of 188 thousand hit at the beginning of the month and below market expectations of 208 thousand. The job market continued to show signs of recovery, helped by a fast-recovering economy and as many employers seek to retain workers amid reports of severe labor shortages. The 4-week moving average of claims, which removes week-to-week volatility, dropped to 199.25 thousand, the lowest level since October 1969. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, however, initial claims were slightly up by 1.1 thousand to 256 thousand, with notable increases being recorded in New Jersey (4.6 thousand), Pennsylvania (3.3 thousand), Michigan (2.8 thousand) and Ohio (2.5 thousand), and the largest declines being reported in California (-6.6 thousand), Texas (-4.3 thousand) and Virginia (-2.1 thousand).
2021-12-30

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.