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

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States decreased to 271 thousand in the week ending August 22 of 2015 from 277 thousand in the previous week. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 360.88 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.

United States Initial Jobless Claims
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
271.00 277.00 695.00 162.00 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 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. Content for - United States Initial Jobless Claims - was last refreshed on Monday, August 31, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-08-13 01:30 PM 8/Aug 274K 269K(R) 270K 271K
2015-08-20 01:30 PM 15/Aug 277K 273K 272K 272K
2015-08-27 01:30 PM 22/Aug 271K 277K 274K 280K
2015-09-03 01:30 PM 29/Aug 271K 270K 273K
2015-09-10 01:30 PM 5/Sep 275K
2015-09-17 01:30 PM 12/Sep 276K


US Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected


The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits was 271,000 in the week ended August 22nd, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 277,000. Initial claims declined for the first time in five weeks, beating market expectations of 274,000.

The 4-week moving average was 272,500, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 271,500. 

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.7 percent for the week ending August 15, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 15 was 2,269,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 2,000 from 2,254,000 to 2,256,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,265,250, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 2,265,000 to 2,265,500. 

DOL | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/27/2015 1:48:41 PM


Recent Releases

Jobless Claims Slightly Up in Latest Week
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was 277,000 in the week ended August 15th, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week. Initial claims rose for the fourth straight week, above market expectations.
Published on 2015-08-20

US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits was 274,000 in the week ended August 8th, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's downwardly revised level of 269,000.
Published on 2015-08-13

US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly in the Latest Week
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits was 270,000 in the week ended August 1st, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 267,000. The 4-week moving average was 268,250, a decrease of 6,500 from the previous week's average of 274,750.
Published on 2015-08-06

US Jobless Claims Rise in The Latest Week
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended July 25th from 255,000 in the previous week.
Published on 2015-07-30


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.30 5.30 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 215.00 223.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 5.00 4.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 210.00 227.00 1089.00 -819.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 15.00 2.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 271.00 277.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2269.00 2254.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 185.00 229.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 148840.00 148739.00 148840.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8266.00 8299.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 5250.00 5430.00 5851.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.39 1.35 2.80 1.35 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.70 12.10 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 105.37 105.02 105.90 27.56 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.00 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.50 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.60 62.60 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 105696.00 44842.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.50 10.49 10.55 9.88 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.93 19.84 19.93 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Labour Costs 107.26 107.13 107.26 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 [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.20 0.70 1.60 0.20 Percent [+]
Job Offers 5249.00 5357.00 5357.00 2146.00 Thousands [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 1.10 1.40 28.40 -43.10 [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.24 4.27 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]


Initial Jobless Claims Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
France -1.90 Jul/15 1.30 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]
United States 271.00 Aug/15 277.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]