United States Initial Jobless Claims

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased to 302,000 in the week ending July 12th, 2014 from 305,000 in the previous week. 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
302.00 316.00 695.00 162.00 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.


US Jobless Claims Edge Down to 9-Week Low


In the week ending July 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 302,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The 4-week moving average fell to a 7-Year Low.

The 4-week moving average was 309,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since June 2, 2007 when it was 307,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 311,500 to 312,000.

The previous week's initial claims level was revised up by 1,000 from 304,000 to 305,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's reading. 

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 5 was 2,507,000, a decrease of 79,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since June 30, 2007 when it was 2,501,000.

DOL | Nuno Fontes | nuno@tradingeconomics.com
7/17/2014 1:40:22 PM


Recent Releases

US Jobless Claims Down to 6-Week Low
In the week ending July 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 304,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 315,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims. Published on 2014-07-10

US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly in Latest Week
In the week ending June 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 315,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. Published on 2014-07-03


Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-06-26 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
16/Jun 312K 314K (R) 310K 314K
2014-07-03 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
23/Jun 315K 313K (R) 314K 312K
2014-07-10 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
30/Jun 304K 315K 315K 314K
2014-07-17 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
7/JUL 302K 305K (R) 310K 295K
2014-07-24 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
14/JUL 302K 308K 309K


Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.10 6.30 10.80 2.50 Percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 288.00 224.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 26.00 0.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls - Private 262.00 224.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 16.00 11.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 302.00 316.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2507.00 2586.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 281.00 179.50 336.70 -842.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 146221.00 145814.00 146595.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 9474.00 9799.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4694.00 4938.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.17 2.22 2.80 2.17 Percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.30 13.20 19.60 7.80 Percent [+]
Productivity 106.12 107.06 107.06 31.67 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.25 0.21 0.60 -0.15 Percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.40 62.90 68.10 57.40 Percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 31434.00 52961.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.28 10.30 10.41 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.52 19.52 19.55 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 104.08 102.55 104.08 18.26 Index Points [+]
Population 317.30 315.09 317.30 180.67 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 65.83 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]





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