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

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States decreased to 255 thousand in the week ending July 18 of 2015 from 281 thousand in the previous week. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 361.05 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
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
255.00 281.00 695.00 162.00 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 Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-07-09 01:30 PM 4/Jul 297K 282K (R) 275K 253K
2015-07-16 01:30 PM 11/Jul 281K 296K (R) 285K 289.6K
2015-07-23 01:30 PM 18/Jul 255K 281K 280K 281K
2015-07-30 01:30 PM 25/Jul 255K 270K 281K
2015-08-06 01:30 PM 1/Aug 284K
2015-08-13 01:30 PM 8/Aug 283K


US Jobless Claims Lowest Since 1973


The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 26,000 to 255,000 in the week ended July 18th. Figures came much better than market expectations, reaching the lowest level since November 1973.

The previous week's level was unrevised at 281,000. Jobless claims tend to be more volatile during the summer as some plants close, mainly automakers and there are school vacations. Since first week of March, claims have been below the 300,000 level which is typically consistent with an improving job market.

The 4-week moving average was 278,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 282,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending July 11, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 11 was 2,207,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 2,215,000 to 2,216,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,253,750, a decrease of 10,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 2,264,000 to 2,264,250.


DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
7/23/2015 1:56:14 PM


Recent Releases

US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 15,000 to 281,000 in the week ended July 11th, better than market forecasts and reaching the lowest value in four weeks.
Published on 2015-07-16

US Jobless Claims Up to 5-Month High
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 15,000 to 297,000 in the week ended July 4th. It is the highest figure since late February.
Published on 2015-07-09

Jobless Claims at 5-Week High
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 10,000 to 281,000 in the week ended June 27th from 271,000 in the previous week.
Published on 2015-07-02

Jobless Claims Edge Up in The Latest Week
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 3,000 to 271,000 in the week ended June 20th from an upwardly revised 268,000 in the previous week.
Published on 2015-06-25


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.30 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 223.00 254.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 0.00 4.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 223.00 262.00 1089.00 -819.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 4.00 7.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 255.00 281.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2207.00 2216.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 237.00 203.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 148739.00 148795.00 148795.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8299.00 8674.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 5430.00 5851.00 5851.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.35 1.59 2.80 1.35 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.10 12.20 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 105.57 106.41 106.98 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.00 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.60 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 44842.00 41034.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.49 10.53 10.55 9.88 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.84 19.80 19.84 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Labour Costs 107.00 104.91 107.00 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 5363.00 5334.00 5363.00 2146.00 Thousands [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 0.80 0.90 28.40 -43.10 [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 5.04 4.62 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]


Initial Jobless Claims Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
France 1.30 Jun/15 16.20 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]
United States 255.00 Jul/15 281.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]