Initial Jobless Claims | Notes
The data given on this page shows the number of jobless claims filed by individuals seeking to receive state jobless benefits in the United States in a period of one week. Initial Jobless Claims report provides a timely, but often misleading, indicator of the direction of the economy, with increases (decreases) in claims potentially signaling slowing (accelerating) job growth. On a weekly basis, the number of claims may be quite volatile, and many analysts track a four-week moving average instead. It typically takes a sustained move of at least 30K in claims to signal a meaningful change in job growth.