United States Initial Jobless Claims  1967-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 15 thousand to 258 thousand in the week ended March 18th 2017, above market expectations of 240 thousand. It is the highest reading in seven weeks. The 4-week moving average that removes week-to-week volatility increased by 1,000 to 240,000. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 357.80 Thousand from 1967 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 695 Thousand in October of 1982 and a record low of 162 Thousand in November of 1968.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-03-09 01:30 PM Mar/04 243K 223K 235K 228K
2017-03-16 12:30 PM Mar/11 241K 243K 240K 240K
2017-03-23 12:30 PM Mar/18 258K 243K 240K 239K
2017-03-30 01:30 PM Mar/25 258K 247K
2017-04-06 01:30 PM Apr/01 249K
2017-04-13 01:30 PM Apr/08 249K




US Initial Jobless Claims Rise To 7-Week High


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 15 thousand to 258 thousand in the week ended March 18th 2017, above market expectations of 240 thousand. It is the highest reading in seven weeks. The 4-week moving average that removes week-to-week volatility increased by 1,000 to 240,000.

The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 to 243,000. The 4-week moving average was revised up by 1,750 to 239,000.

The seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending March 11, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

Continuing jobless claims fell by 39,000 to 2,000,000 during the week ending March 11. The previous week's level was revised up 9,000 to 2,039,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,026,750, a decrease of 32,000 from the previous week's revised (up by 4,500 to 2,058,750).

DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/23/2017 12:46:09 PM



United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.70 4.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 235.00 238.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 227.00 221.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 8.00 17.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 28.00 11.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 258.00 243.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2000.00 2039.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 298.00 261.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 152528.00 152081.00 152528.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7528.00 7635.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.20 0.60 -0.30 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 1.13 1.16 2.80 1.13 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.90 10.10 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 111.21 110.75 111.21 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.40 107.00 107.40 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5582.00 5040.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5626.00 5539.00 5973.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 36957.00 45934.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.86 21.82 21.86 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.47 3.76 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.65 20.66 20.67 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.50 0.60 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 1.30 1.30 32.40 -49.00 Index Points [+]
Population 324.30 322.06 324.30 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 High Skilled 4130.00 4150.00 4150.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 1496.20 1497.50 2680.00 1433.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1407.76 1399.20 1407.76 1302.75 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27554.00 27405.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 125031.00 124705.00 125031.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.00 59.90 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1780.00 1810.00 1860.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]



United States Initial Jobless Claims Notes

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 March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
258.00 243.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2017 Thousand Weekly
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