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

In the week ending August 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. 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
298.00 303.00 695.00 162.00 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 Wednesday, September 3, 2014.


US Jobless Claims Little Changed In Latest Week


The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 1,000 to 298,000 in the week ending August 23rd. In recent weeks, claims have been near the lowest levels since 2007 as the labor market continues to improve.

In the week ending August 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 298,000 to 299,000.

The 4-week moving average was 299,750, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 300,750 to 301,000.There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent for the week ending August 16, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 16 was 2,527,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 2,000 from 2,500,000 to 2,502,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,524,250, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 2,527,500 to 2,528,000.

US Department of Labor | anna@tradingeconomics.com
8/28/2014 1:43:17 PM


Recent Releases

US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week
In the week ending August 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. Continued claims fell to 2,500 thousand, the lowest level in seven years. Published on 2014-08-21

US Jobless Claims Rise to Six Week High
In the week ending August 9, applications for unemployment benefits in the US rose by 311,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 289,000 to 290,000. Published on 2014-08-14


Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-08-07 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
28/Jul 289K 303K (R) 305K 301K
2014-08-14 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
04/Aug 311K 290K (R) 295K 290K
2014-08-21 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
11/Aug 298K 312K (R) 300K 306K
2014-08-28 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
18/Aug 298K 299K (R) 300K 302K
2014-09-04 01:30 PM United States
Initial Jobless Claims
25/Aug 298K 300K 301K


Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.20 6.10 10.80 2.50 Percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 209.00 298.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 11.00 28.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls - Private 198.00 270.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 28.00 23.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 298.00 303.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2527.00 2519.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 218.00 281.00 336.70 -842.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 146352.00 146221.00 146595.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 9671.00 9474.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4712.00 4630.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.02 1.98 2.80 1.98 Percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.60 13.30 19.60 7.80 Percent [+]
Productivity 106.01 105.36 106.57 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.04 0.25 0.60 -0.15 Percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.80 67.30 58.10 Percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 46887.00 31434.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.29 10.29 10.41 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.60 19.50 19.60 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 105.33 105.17 105.33 17.12 Index Points [+]
Population 317.30 315.09 317.30 180.67 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 65.83 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]


Initial Jobless Claims Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
United States 298.00 Aug/14 303.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]





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