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

The advance number for initial jobless claims during the week ending May 16th, 2015 was 274,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's level of 264,000. Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 361.59 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
274.00 262.00 695.00 162.00 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 - 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, May 27, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-05-07 01:30 PM 2/May 265K 262K 280K 301K
2015-05-14 01:30 PM 9/May 264K 265K 275K 266.3K
2015-05-21 01:30 PM 16/May 274K 264K 271K 264.4K
2015-05-28 01:30 PM 23/May 274K 270K 263.8K
2015-06-04 01:30 PM 30/May 265.6K
2015-06-11 01:30 PM MAY/31-JUN/06 265.9K


Jobless Claims at 4-Week High


The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits was 274,000 in the week ended May 16th, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level. The four-week moving average fell further to a fresh 2000 low.

The 4-week moving average was 266,250, a decrease of 5,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 271,750. This is the lowest level for this average since April 15, 2000 when it was 266,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending May 9, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 9 was 2,211,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since November 11, 2000 when it was 2,161,000. The previous week's level was revised down by 6,000 from 2,229,000 to 2,223,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,229,750, a decrease of 29,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 25, 2000 when it was 2,211,250. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,500 from 2,260,250 to 2,258,750.

DOL | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/21/2015 1:47:03 PM


Recent Releases

Jobless Claims Fall Slightly
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits was 264 thousand in the week ended May 9th, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level. The four-week moving average was the lowest since 2000. Published on 2015-05-14

Jobless Claims Edged Up in Latest Week
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits was 265 thousand in the week ended May 2nd, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's 15-year low. Yet, continuing claims fell to the lowest since late 2000. Published on 2015-05-07


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.40 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 223.00 85.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 10.00 -9.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 213.00 94.00 1089.00 -819.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 1.00 0.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 274.00 262.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2211.00 2229.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 169.00 175.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 148523.00 148331.00 148523.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8549.00 8575.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4921.00 4910.00 5594.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.60 1.63 2.80 1.60 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.60 12.30 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 105.90 106.41 106.98 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.10 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.80 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 61582.00 36594.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.54 10.54 10.55 9.88 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.78 19.76 19.78 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Labour Costs 106.21 104.91 106.21 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 4994.00 5144.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 3.84 4.46 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]


Initial Jobless Claims Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
France 15.40 Mar/15 12.80 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]
United States 274.00 May/15 262.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]