United States Initial Jobless Claims 1967-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States decreased to 264 Thousand in October of 2014 from 288 Thousand in September of 2014. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 362.80 Thousand from 1967 until 2014, 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.

   
 
 

United States Initial Jobless Claims


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
264.00 288.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2014 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 Thursday, October 23, 2014.


US Jobless Claims Down to 14-Year Low


In the week ending October 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 264,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 287,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since April 15, 2000 when it was 259,000.

The 4-week moving average was 283,500, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 287,750. This is the lowest level for this average since June 10, 2000 when it was 283,500. 

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 October 4, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 4 was 2,389,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 2,381,000 to 2,382,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,403,750, a decrease of 10,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since June 17, 2006 when it was 2,399,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 2,414,250 to 2,414,500. 

DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
10/16/2014 1:38:04 PM


Recent Releases

US Jobless Claims Down to 287K
In the week ending October 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 287,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims. Published on 2014-10-09

US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week
In the week ending September 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 287,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims. Published on 2014-10-02


Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-09-25 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
15/Sep 293K 281K (R) 300K 302K
2014-10-02 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
22/Sep 287K 295K (R) 298K 286K
2014-10-09 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
29/Sep 287K 288K (R) 294K 283K
2014-10-16 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
06/Oct 264K 287K 290k 282K
2014-10-23 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
13/Oct 264K 280K 281K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.90 6.10 10.80 2.50 Percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 248.00 180.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 12.00 5.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 236.00 175.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 4.00 -4.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 264.00 288.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2389.00 2382.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 213.00 202.00 336.70 -842.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 146600.00 146368.00 146600.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 9262.00 9591.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4712.00 4630.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.02 1.98 2.80 1.98 Percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.00 13.60 19.60 7.80 Percent [+]
Productivity 105.97 105.36 106.57 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.00 0.30 0.60 -0.15 Percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.50 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.80 67.30 58.10 Percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 30477.00 40010.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.29 10.29 10.41 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.60 19.50 19.60 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 105.09 105.10 105.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
Population 317.30 315.09 317.30 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 65.83 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Job Offers 4835.00 4605.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]