United States Initial Jobless Claims  1967-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 10 thousand to 244 thousand in the week ended April 15th 2017 from the previous week's unrevised level of 234 thousand and above market expectations of 242 thousand. The 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, fell by 4.25 thousand to 243 thousand. The continuing claims drawn by workers for more than a week fell by 49 thousand to 1.979 million, the lowest level since April 2000. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 357.61 Thousand from 1967 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 695 Thousand in October of 1982 and a record low of 162 Thousand in November of 1968.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-04-06 12:30 PM Apr/01 234K 259K 250K 256K
2017-04-13 12:30 PM Apr/08 234K 235K 245K 241K
2017-04-20 12:30 PM Apr/15 244K 234K 242K 240K
2017-04-27 12:30 PM Apr/22 244K 242K 244K
2017-05-04 12:30 PM Apr/29 242K
2017-05-11 12:30 PM May/06 242K




US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 10 thousand to 244 thousand in the week ended April 15th 2017 from the previous week's unrevised level of 234 thousand and above market expectations of 242 thousand.

Claims have now been below 300,000 for 111 straight weeks, the longest such stretch since 1970.

The 4-week moving average was 243,000, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 247,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending April 8, 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 April 8 was 1,979,000, a decrease of 49,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 2,028,000. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since April 15, 2000 when it was 1,962,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,023,500, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 2,025,500. This is the lowest level for this average since June 17, 2000 when it was 2,016,750.

DOL | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
4/20/2017 12:55:05 PM



United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.50 4.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 98.00 219.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 89.00 221.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 9.00 -2.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 11.00 26.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 244.00 234.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1979.00 2028.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 263.00 245.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 153000.00 152528.00 153000.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7202.00 7528.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.30 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.30 34.30 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.00 63.00 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.05 1.13 2.80 1.05 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.10 9.90 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 111.21 110.75 111.21 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.40 107.00 107.40 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5592.00 5582.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5743.00 5625.00 5973.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 43310.00 36957.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.90 21.86 21.90 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.69 20.63 20.69 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.47 3.76 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.50 0.60 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 0.40 1.50 32.40 -49.00 Index Points [+]
Population 324.30 322.06 324.30 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 [+]
Living Wage Family 1496.20 1497.50 2680.00 1433.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1407.76 1399.20 1407.76 1302.75 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27603.00 27554.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 125507.00 125031.00 125507.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.10 60.00 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
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 [+]


United States Initial Jobless Claims Notes

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 April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
244.00 234.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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