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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was 269,000 in the week ended February 6th, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's level of 285,000. It is the lowest figure in seven weeks and below market expectations of 281,000. Claims have been below 300,000 for 49 weeks, the level associated with a healthy jobs market. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 360.05 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.

United States Initial Jobless Claims
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
269.00 285.00 695.00 162.00 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 February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-01-28 01:30 PM 23/Jan 278K 294K 282K 291K
2016-02-04 01:30 PM 30/Jan 285K 277K 280K 281K
2016-02-11 01:30 PM 6/Feb 269K 285K 281K 286K
2016-02-18 01:30 PM 13/Feb 269K 275K 276K
2016-02-25 01:30 PM 20/Feb 278K
2016-03-03 01:30 PM 27/Feb 279K

US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was 269,000 in the week ended February 6th, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's level of 285,000. It is the lowest figure in seven weeks and below market expectations of 281,000. Claims have been below 300,000 for 49 weeks, the level associated with a healthy jobs market.

The 4-week moving average was 281,250, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's average

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending January 30, down from 1.7 percent in the previous two weeks. 

The continuing claims drawn by workers for more than a week (the advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment) during the week ending January 30 was 2,239,000, a decrease of 21,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 5,000 to 2,260,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,248,000, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,500 from 2,252,750 to 2,254,250. 

DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/11/2016 1:47:44 PM

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.90 5.00 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 151.00 262.00 1115.00 -1967.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 158.00 251.00 1089.00 -814.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -7.00 11.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 29.00 13.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 269.00 285.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2239.00 2255.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 205.00 229.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 150544.00 149929.00 150544.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7791.00 7904.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.50 0.00 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.50 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.60 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.31 1.32 2.80 1.30 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.20 11.20 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 105.67 105.93 106.50 27.56 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 109.47 106.85 107.23 17.12 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 4972.00 5604.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5607.00 5349.00 5668.00 2146.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 75100.00 105696.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.33 21.22 21.33 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.15 20.16 20.16 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.46 4.27 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 0.40 2.90 28.50 -43.60 [+]
Population 318.86 316.50 318.86 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 1440.00 1500.00 1500.00 1440.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4000.00 4100.00 4100.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27364.00 27359.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.60 59.50 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 123141.00 122603.00 123141.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]




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