United States Initial Jobless Claims 1967-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The advance number for initial jobless claims during the week ending April 11th, 2015 was 294,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level of 282,000. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 361.59 Thousand from 1967 until 2015, 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
294.00 267.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2015 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. Content for - United States Initial Jobless Claims - was last refreshed on Sunday, April 19, 2015.


US Jobless Claims Rise to 5-Week High


The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits was 294 thousand for the week ended April 11th, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level.

The four-week moving average was 282,750, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 282,250 to 282,500.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 4 was 2,268,000, a decrease of 40,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since December 9, 2000 when it was 2,263,000. 

The 4-week moving average was 2,329,000, a decrease of 32,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since December 30, 2000 when it was 2,325,750.

US DOL | Nuno Fontes | nuno@tradingeconomics.com
4/16/2015 1:42:27 PM


Recent Releases

Jobless Claims Rise Less Than Expected
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 14K to a seasonally adjusted 281K. Yet, the four-week moving average and the continuing jobless claims were the lowest since 2000. Published on 2015-04-09

Jobless Claims at 9-Week Low
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 268,000 in latest week while the number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits touched the lowest since 2000. Published on 2015-04-02


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-04-02 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  28/Mar
268K 288K (R) 285K 302K
2015-04-09 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  4/Apr
281K 267K (R) 284K 301K
2015-04-16 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  11/Apr
294K 282K (R) 280K 301K
2015-04-23 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  18/Apr
294K 290K 300K
2015-04-30 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  25/Apr
300K
2015-05-07 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  2/May
301K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.50 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 126.00 264.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -3.00 0.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 129.00 264.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -1.00 2.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 294.00 267.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2268.00 2308.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 189.00 214.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 148331.00 148297.00 148331.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8575.00 8705.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4879.00 4988.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.63 1.73 2.80 1.63 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.30 11.90 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.40 107.07 107.07 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.60 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 36594.00 50579.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.55 10.54 10.55 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.71 19.70 19.71 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 104.91 103.85 105.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
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 [+]
Job Offers 5133.00 4965.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD [+]
Wage Growth 4.92 5.32 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]


Initial Jobless Claims Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
France 12.80 Feb/15 -19.10 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]
United States 294.00 Apr/15 267.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]