United States Initial Jobless Claims  1967-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 4 thousand to 232 thousand in the week ended May 13th, 2017 from the previous week's unrevised level of 236 thousand and below market expectations of 240 thousand. Claims fell for the third week, hitting the lowest since February and close to values seen in July of 1973 only. Meanwhile, continuing claims fell by 22 thousand to 1898 thousand, the lowest since November of 1988. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 357.43 Thousand from 1967 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 695 Thousand in October of 1982 and a record low of 162 Thousand in November of 1968.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-05-04 12:30 PM Apr/29 238K 257K 247K 251K
2017-05-11 12:30 PM May/06 236K 238K 245K 240K
2017-05-18 12:30 PM May/13 232K 236K 240K 239K
2017-05-25 12:30 PM May/20 232K 238K 236K
2017-06-01 12:30 PM May/27 236K
2017-06-08 12:30 PM Jun/03 236K




US Jobless Claims Below 240K For 3rd Week


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 4K to 232K in latest week, the lowest level since February. It was the third straight week of falls bringing the claims close to values only seen in 1973. Meanwhile, continuing claims fell by 22K to 1898K, the lowest since November 1988.

The 4-week moving average was 2407,50, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 243,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending May 6, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

Continuing claims went down to 1,898,000 in the week ended May 6th. The previous week's level was revised up 2,000 from 1,918,000 to 1,920,000. The 4-week moving average was 1946,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since January 19, 1974 when it was 1,920,750. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 1,965,500 to 1,966,000. 

DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/18/2017 12:55:27 PM



United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.40 4.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 211.00 79.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 194.00 77.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 17.00 2.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 6.00 13.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 232.00 236.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1898.00 1920.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 177.00 255.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 153156.00 153000.00 153156.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7056.00 7202.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.30 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 63.00 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.01 1.05 2.80 1.01 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.40 9.10 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 111.90 111.10 111.90 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.30 107.50 107.50 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5684.00 5592.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5743.00 5682.00 5973.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 36602.00 43310.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.96 21.90 21.96 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 5.53 5.51 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.76 20.69 20.76 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.80 0.50 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 3.50 3.60 32.00 -48.40 Index Points [+]
Population 324.30 322.06 324.30 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 [+]
Living Wage Family 1496.20 1497.50 2680.00 1433.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1407.76 1399.20 1407.76 1302.75 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27233.00 27603.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 125987.00 125507.00 125987.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.20 60.10 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1780.00 1810.00 1860.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4130.00 4150.00 4150.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]


United States Initial Jobless Claims Notes

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 May of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
232.00 236.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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