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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 1,000 to 253,000 in the week ended July 16th compared with the previous week's unrevised level of 254,000. The figure came in way below market expectations of 265,000 and hit its lowest level since April. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 359.18 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
253.00 254.00 695.00 162.00 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 July of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-07-07 12:30 PM Jul/02 254K 270K 270K 269K
2016-07-14 12:30 PM Jul/09 254K 254K 265K 260K
2016-07-21 12:30 PM Jul/16 253K 254K 265K 258K
2016-07-28 12:30 PM Jul/23 253K 260K 256.7K
2016-08-04 12:30 PM Jul/30 257.5K
2016-08-11 12:30 PM Aug/06 257.9K

US Jobless Claims Fall to 3-Month Low


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 1,000 to 253,000 in the week ended July 16th compared with the previous week's unrevised level of 254,000. The figure came in way below market expectations of 265,000 and hit its lowest level since April.

This marks 72 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.

The 4-week moving average was 257,750, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 259,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending July 9, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

The continuing claims drawn by workers for more than a week (the advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment) during the week ending July 9 was 2,128,000, a decrease of 25,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 4,000 from 2,149,000 to 2,153,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,141,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 2,143,000 to 2,144,000.

DOL | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
7/21/2016 1:59:57 PM

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.90 4.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 287.00 11.00 1115.00 -1967.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 265.00 -6.00 1089.00 -814.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 22.00 17.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 14.00 -16.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 253.00 254.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2128.00 2153.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 172.00 168.00 357.00 -881.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 151097.00 151030.00 151320.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7783.00 7436.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.10 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.40 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.60 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.25 1.19 2.80 1.19 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.70 10.40 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 105.86 106.13 106.59 27.57 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 109.67 108.59 109.67 17.12 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5499.00 6077.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5500.00 5845.00 5845.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 38536.00 30157.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.51 21.49 21.51 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.60 5.20 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.37 20.41 20.41 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.50 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index -1.90 -3.60 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 [+]
Part Time Employment 27445.00 27936.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Wages High Skilled 4130.00 4150.00 4150.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1780.00 1810.00 1860.00 1450.00 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 [+]
Full Time Employment 123586.00 123135.00 123586.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.60 59.70 64.70 55.00 percent [+]