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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 6 thousand to 244 thousand in the week ended February 18th 2017, from the previous week's downwardly revised level of 238 thousand and above market expectations of 241 thousand. Claims have been below 300 thousand for 103 straight weeks, the longest streak since 1970. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 357.99 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)
2017-02-09 01:30 PM Feb/04 234K 246K 250K 247K
2017-02-16 01:30 PM Feb/11 239K 234K 245K 239K
2017-02-23 01:30 PM Feb/18 244K 238K 241K 242K
2017-03-02 01:30 PM Feb/25 244K 243K
2017-03-09 01:30 PM Mar/04 242K
2017-03-16 01:30 PM Mar/11 241K




US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 6 thousand to 244 thousand in the week ended February 18th 2017, from the previous week's downwardly revised level of 238 thousand and above market expectations of 241 thousand. Claims have been below 300 thousand for 103 straight weeks, the longest streak since 1970.

The 4-week moving average was 241,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since July 21, 1973 when it was 239,500. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 245,250 to 245,000. 

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending February 11, unchanged 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 February 11 was 2,060,000, a decrease of 17,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 2,078,000 to 2,079,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,069,750, an decrease of 10,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 2,080,250 to 2,080,500.

DOL | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
2/23/2017 1:37:21 PM



United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.80 4.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 227.00 157.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 237.00 165.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -10.00 -8.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 5.00 11.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 244.00 238.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2060.00 2077.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 246.00 151.00 336.00 -805.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 152081.00 152111.00 152111.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7635.00 7529.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.10 0.20 0.60 -0.30 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.40 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.16 1.15 2.80 1.15 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.10 10.00 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 111.10 110.60 111.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.40 107.00 107.40 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5040.00 5246.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5501.00 5505.00 5845.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 45934.00 33627.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.84 21.80 21.84 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 3.57 3.59 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.70 20.67 20.70 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.50 0.60 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 1.30 0.60 32.40 -49.00 [+]
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 [+]
Wages High Skilled 4130.00 4150.00 4150.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]
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 27405.00 27895.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 124705.00 124248.00 124705.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.90 59.70 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1780.00 1810.00 1860.00 1450.00 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 February of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
244.00 238.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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