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

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was 257,000 in the week ended April 23rd, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level of 248,000, better than market expectations of 260,000. This marks 60 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 359.61 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
257.00 247.00 695.00 162.00 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 April of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-04-14 12:30 PM 9/Apr 253K 266K 270K 268K
2016-04-21 12:30 PM 16/Apr 247K 253K 263K 260K
2016-04-28 12:30 PM 23/Apr 257K 248K 260K 255K
2016-05-05 12:30 PM 30/Apr 257K 259K
2016-05-12 12:30 PM 7/May 258K
2016-05-19 12:30 PM 14/May 258K

US Jobless Claims Rise to 257K


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was 257,000 in the week ended April 23rd, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level of 248,000, better than market expectations of 260,000. This marks 60 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.

The 4-week moving average was 256,000, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since December 8, 1973 when it was 252,250. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 260,500 to 260,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending April 16, 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 April 16 was 2,130,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since November 4, 2000 when it was 2,110,000. The previous week's level was revised down by 2,000 from 2,137,000 to 2,135,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,157,500, a decrease of 10,500 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 11, 2000 when it was 2,119,750. The previous week's average was revised down by 500 from 2,168,500 to 2,168,000. 

DOL | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
4/28/2016 1:37:12 PM

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.00 4.90 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 215.00 242.00 1115.00 -1967.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 195.00 230.00 1089.00 -814.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 20.00 12.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -29.00 -16.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 257.00 247.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2130.00 2135.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 200.00 205.00 357.00 -881.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 151320.00 151074.00 151320.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7966.00 7815.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 -0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.40 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.00 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.36 1.31 2.80 1.30 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.40 10.50 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.00 106.59 106.59 27.57 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 108.76 107.87 108.76 17.12 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5291.00 5621.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5445.00 5349.00 5668.00 2146.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 48207.00 105696.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.37 21.33 21.37 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.33 20.20 20.33 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.70 4.34 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
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 -2.10 -2.50 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 [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1750.00 1650.00 1750.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4140.00 4090.00 4140.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27818.00 27853.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 123447.00 123206.00 123447.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.90 59.80 64.70 55.00 percent [+]