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

In the week ending December 6th, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 294,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's level of 297,000. 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.

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United States Initial Jobless Claims


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
294.00 297.00 695.00 162.00 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, December 18, 2014.


Jobless Claims Fall to 297K


In the week ending November 29th, 297 Thousand American filed for unemployment benefits a decrease of 17,000 from the previous week's revised level of 314 thousand.

The 4-week moving average was 299,000, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 294,000 to 294,250.

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 November 22, unchanged from the previous week's revised rate. The previous week's rate was revised up by 0.1 from 1.7 to 1.8 percent. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 22 was 2,362,000, an increase of 39,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 7,000 from 2,316,000 to 2,323,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,355,250, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,750 from 2,352,000 to 2,353,750.


U.S. Department of Labor | anna@tradingeconomics.com
12/4/2014 1:37:02 PM


Recent Releases

Jobless Claims At Almost Three-Month High
In the week ending November 22nd, 313 Thousand American filed for unemployment benefits an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's revised level. Published on 2014-11-26

Jobless Claims Below 300K for 10th Week
In the week ending November 15th, 291 Thousand American filed for unemployment benefits a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. Published on 2014-11-20


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-11-26 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  22/Nov
313K 292K (R) 288K 293K
2014-12-04 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  29/Nov
297K 314K (R) 295K 335K
2014-12-11 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  06/Dec
294K 297K 295K 277K
2014-12-18 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  13/Dec
294K 295K 289K
2014-12-24 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  20/Dec
280K
2014-12-31 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  27/Dec
281K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.80 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 321.00 243.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 7.00 7.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 314.00 236.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 28.00 20.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 294.00 297.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2514.00 2356.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 208.00 233.00 336.70 -842.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 147287.00 147283.00 147287.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 9110.00 8995.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 5109.00 4694.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.80 1.87 2.80 1.80 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.80 12.70 19.60 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.72 106.11 106.72 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.40 0.10 0.60 -0.15 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.50 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.80 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 35940.00 51183.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.34 10.33 10.41 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.63 19.60 19.63 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 65.83 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Job Offers 4834.00 4685.00 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 294.00 Dec/14 297.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]