United States Initial Jobless Claims  1967-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 8,000 to 252,000 in the week ended September 17th 2016. It is the lowest figure in two months and below market expectations of 262,000. It marks the 81st consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970 and signaling the labour market strength. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 358.84 Thousand from 1967 until 2016, 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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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
252.00 260.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2016 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 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 September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-09-08 12:30 PM Sep/03 259K 263K 265K 265K
2016-09-15 12:30 PM Sep/10 260K 259K 265K 261K
2016-09-22 12:30 PM Sep/17 252K 260K 262K 262K
2016-09-29 12:30 PM Sep/24 252K 260K 256K
2016-10-06 12:30 PM Oct/01 258K
2016-10-13 12:30 PM Oct/08 259K

US Initial Jobless Claims Down to 2-Month Low


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 8,000 to 252,000 in the week ended September 17th 2016. It is the lowest figure in two months and below market expectations of 262,000. It marks the 81st consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970 and signaling the labour market strength.

The 4-week moving average, seen as a better measure of labor market trends as it removes week-to-week volatility decreased by 2,250 to 258,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending September 10, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

Continuing claims for the week ending September 10 were down by 36,000 to 2,113,000. The previous week's level was revised up 6,000 from 2,143,000 to 2,149,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,140,250, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,500 from 2,146,750 to 2,148,250. 

DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/22/2016 12:40:19 PM

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.90 4.90 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 151.00 275.00 1115.00 -1967.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 25.00 50.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 126.00 225.00 1089.00 -814.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -14.00 6.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 252.00 260.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2113.00 2149.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 177.00 194.00 357.00 -881.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 151614.00 151517.00 151614.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7849.00 7770.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.10 0.30 0.60 -0.30 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.30 34.40 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.80 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.26 1.27 2.80 1.19 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.20 10.80 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.00 106.20 107.00 27.60 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 110.10 108.90 110.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6090.00 5607.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5871.00 5643.00 5871.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 32188.00 45346.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.64 21.60 21.64 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.47 20.46 20.47 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.06 3.89 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.60 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index -0.70 1.00 28.50 -43.60 [+]
Population 321.57 319.07 321.57 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 [+]
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 [+]
Living Wage Family 2710.00 2680.00 2850.00 2680.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1660.00 1650.00 1710.00 1650.00 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27207.00 27595.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 124301.00 123892.00 124301.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.70 59.70 64.70 55.00 percent [+]