United States Initial Jobless Claims 1967-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

In the week ending November 15th, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 291,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's level of 293,000. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 362.80 Thousand from 1967 until 2014, 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
291.00 288.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2014 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, November 23, 2014.


Jobless Claims Below 300K for 10th Week


In the week ending November 15th, 291 Thousand American filed for unemployment benefits a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level.

The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 290,000 to 293,000. The 4-week moving average was 287,500, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 285,000 to 285,750.There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.8 percent for the week ending November 8, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 8 was 2,330,000, a decrease of 73,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since December 16, 2000 when it was 2,322,000. The previous week's level was revised up 11,000 from 2,392,000 to 2,403,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,369,000, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since January 13, 2001 when it was 2,360,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,750 from 2,372,500 to 2,375,250. 

US Labor Department | anna@tradingeconomics.com
11/20/2014 1:44:39 PM


Recent Releases

US Jobless Claims Up to 7-Week High
In the week ending November 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 290,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 278,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims. Published on 2014-11-13

US Jobless Claims Down in Latest Week
In the week ending November 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 278,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised level. The 4-week moving average was 279,000, the lowest level in more than fourteen years. Published on 2014-11-06


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-11-06 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  27/Oct
278K 288K (R) 285K 285K
2014-11-13 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  08/Nov
290K 278K 280K 271K
2014-11-20 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  15/Nov
291K 293K (R) 285K 270K
2014-11-26 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  22/Nov
291K 288K 293K
2014-12-04 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  29/Nov
296K
2014-12-11 01:30 PM
Initial Jobless Claims  06/Dec
297K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.80 5.90 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 214.00 265.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 5.00 12.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 209.00 244.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 15.00 9.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 291.00 288.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2330.00 2356.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 230.00 225.00 336.70 -842.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 147283.00 146600.00 147283.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8995.00 9262.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4762.00 5000.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.02 1.98 2.80 1.98 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.70 13.70 19.60 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.62 106.11 106.62 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.10 0.00 0.60 -0.15 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.50 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.80 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 51183.00 30477.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.34 10.33 10.41 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.59 19.61 19.61 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 105.05 104.96 105.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
Population 317.30 315.09 317.30 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 65.83 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Job Offers 4735.00 4853.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD [+]