United States Initial Jobless Claims 1967-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The initial jobless claims during the week ending January 17th was 307 thousand, a decrease of 10 thousand from the previous week's revised level of 317 thousand. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 361.92 Thousand from 1967 until 2015, 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 reported by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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United States Initial Jobless Claims


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
307.00 298.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2015 Thousand Weekly
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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 - United States Initial Jobless Claims - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - United States Initial Jobless Claims - was last refreshed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.


Jobless Claims Down to 307K in the Latest Week


The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 307,000 in the week ending January 17th. The previous week’s level was revised to 317,000.

The 4-week moving average was 306,500, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,000 from 298,000 to 300,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.8 percent for the week ending January 10, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 10 was 2,443,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 4,000 from 2,424,000 to 2,428,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,427,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 3,500 from 2,414,500 to 2,418,000. 

U.S. Department of Labor | anna@tradingeconomics.com
1/22/2015 1:37:30 PM


Recent Releases

Jobless Claims at 18-Week High
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 316,000 in the week ending January 10th. The previous week’s level was revised to 297,000. Published on 2015-01-15

Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 294,000 in the week ending January 3rd. The previous week’s level was unrevised at 298,000. Published on 2015-01-08


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-01-08 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  03/Jan
294K 298K 290K 314K
2015-01-15 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  10/JAN
316K 294K 291K 288K
2015-01-22 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  17/JAN
307K 317K (R) 300K 335K
2015-01-29 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  24/JAN
307K 300K 294K
2015-02-05 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  31/JAN
278K
2015-02-12 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  FEB/01-FEB/07
279K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.60 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 252.00 353.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 12.00 8.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 240.00 345.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 17.00 29.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 307.00 298.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2443.00 2475.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 241.00 227.00 336.70 -842.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 147442.00 147331.00 147442.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8688.00 9071.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4559.00 5077.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.80 1.87 2.80 1.80 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.40 12.70 19.60 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.72 106.11 106.72 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings -0.20 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.60 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 32640.00 35940.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.40 10.39 10.41 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.80 19.69 19.80 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 103.87 104.12 105.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
Population 317.30 315.09 317.30 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 [+]
Job Offers 4972.00 4830.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD [+]


Initial Jobless Claims Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
United States 307.00 Jan/15 298.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]