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

In the week ending September 13th the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 280,000, a decrease of 36,000 from the previous week's revised level. 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
280.00 304.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2014 Thousand Weekly
Volume, SA
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 Monday, September 22, 2014.


US Jobless Claims Down to 8-Week Low


In the week ending September 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 280,000, a decrease of 36,000 from the previous week's revised level. It is the lowest figure since late June.

The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 315,000 to 316,000. The 4-week moving average was 299,500, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 304,000 to 304,250. 

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 September 6, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 6 was 2,429,000, a decrease of 63,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since May 19, 2007 when it was 2,417,000. The previous week's level was revised up 5,000 from 2,487,000 to 2,492,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,481,750, a decrease of 18,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since June 23, 2007 when it was 2,477,250. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 2,498,750 to 2,500,000. 

DOL | Nuno Fontes | nuno@tradingeconomics.com
9/18/2014 1:38:42 PM


Recent Releases

US Jobless Claims Up to 10-Week High
In the week ending September 6th, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 315,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's revised level. It is the highest figure since late June. Published on 2014-09-11

US Jobless Claims Little Changed in Latest Week
In the week ending August 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 302,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 298,000. The 4-week moving average was 302,750, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 299,750. Published on 2014-09-04


Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-08-28 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
18/Aug 298K 299K (R) 300K 302K
2014-09-04 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
25/Aug 302K 298K 300K 301K
2014-09-11 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
01/Sep 315K 304K (R) 300K 301K
2014-09-18 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
08/Sep 280K 316K (R) 305K 302K
2014-09-25 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
15/Sep 280K 300K 302K


Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.10 6.20 10.80 2.50 Percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 142.00 212.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 8.00 -1.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 134.00 213.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 0.00 28.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 280.00 304.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2429.00 2492.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 204.00 212.00 336.70 -842.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 146368.00 146352.00 146595.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 9591.00 9671.00 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 13.60 13.30 19.60 7.80 Percent [+]
Productivity 106.50 103.81 106.57 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.10 0.60 -0.15 Percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 106.50 103.81 67.30 58.10 Percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 40010.00 46887.00 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 106.50 103.81 105.33 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 [+]


Initial Jobless Claims Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
United States 280.00 Sep/14 304.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]





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