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

The advance number for initial jobless claims during the week ending February 28th, 2015 was 320,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 313,000. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 361.81 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
320.00 279.00 695.00 162.00 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 Friday, March 6, 2015.


Jobless Claims at 9-Month High


The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased for the second straight week by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000 in the week ending February 28th. It is the highest figure since the week ended May 17th, 2014.

The previous week's level was unrevised at 313,000. The 4-week moving average was 304,750, an increase of 10,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 294,500

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 February 21, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 21 was 2,421,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 3,000 from 2,401,000 to 2,404,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,403,500, an increase of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 2,399,000 to 2,399,750.

DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/5/2015 1:41:07 PM


Recent Releases

Jobless Claims Rise to 5-Week High
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000 in the week ending February 21st. Published on 2015-02-26

Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits declined by 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 283,000 in the week ending February 14th, pointing that the recovery in the labor market was gathering stream. Published on 2015-02-19


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-02-19 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  14/Feb
283K 304K 295K 301K
2015-02-26 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  21/Feb
313K 282K (R) 290K 300K
2015-03-05 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  28/Feb
320K 313K 295K 300K
2015-03-12 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  MAR/01-MAR/07
320K 299K
2015-03-19 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  MAR/08-MAR/14
301K
2015-03-26 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  MAR/15-MAR/21
302K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.70 5.60 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 257.00 329.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -10.00 9.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 267.00 320.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 22.00 26.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 320.00 279.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2421.00 2367.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 212.00 250.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 148201.00 147442.00 148201.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8979.00 8688.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4427.00 4402.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.78 1.78 2.80 1.78 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.20 12.40 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.59 107.07 107.07 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.50 -0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.60 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 50579.00 53041.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.55 10.42 10.55 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.65 19.71 19.71 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 104.22 103.52 105.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
Population 318.86 316.50 318.86 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 5028.00 4847.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD [+]
Wage Growth 4.77 4.51 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]


Initial Jobless Claims Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
United States 320.00 Feb/15 279.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]