United States Initial Jobless Claims  1967-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits fell by 8 thousand to 207 thousand in the week ending in July 14 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 215 thousand. It was the lowest reading since the week ending December 6, 1969 and surprising markets which expected a rise to 220 thousand. According to unadjusted data, the biggest decreases in claims were recorded in New York (-9,722), Michigan (-9,389), New Jersey (-4,847), Kentucky (-2,288) and Massachusetts (-2,279) while largest gains were seen in California +(7,015), Georgia (+3,750), Alabama (+2,598) and South Carolina (+1,127). Claims dropped in Puerto Rico (-866) and Virgin Islands (-22). Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 354.66 Thousand from 1967 until 2018, 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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US Jobless Claims Fall Unexpectedly to Lowest Since 1969


In the week ending July 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 207,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000.

The 4-week moving average was 220,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 223,000 to 223,250.

According to unadjusted data, the biggest decreases in claims were recorded in New York (-9,722), Michigan (-9,389), New Jersey (-4,847), Kentucky (-2,288) and Massachussetts (-2,279) while largest gains were seen in California +(7,015), Georgia (+3,750), Alabama (+2,598) and South Carolina (+1,127). Claims dropped in Puerto Rico (-866) and Virgin Islands (-22).

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending July 7, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

Continuing claims during the week ending in July 7 were 1,751,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level of 1,743,000, and above market consensus of 1,730,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,735,750, an increase of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 1,728,500 to 1,729,500.


DOL | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
7/19/2018 1:02:19 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-07-05 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 231K 228K 225K 225K
2018-07-12 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 214K 232K 225K 227K
2018-07-19 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 207K 215K 220K 217K
2018-07-26 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 207K 215K 221K
2018-08-02 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 221K
2018-08-09 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 221K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.00 3.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 213.00 244.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 202.00 239.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 11.00 5.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 36.00 19.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 207.00 215.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1751.00 1743.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 177.00 189.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155576.00 155474.00 155576.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6564.00 6065.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.30 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.74 0.80 2.80 0.74 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.90 8.70 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 110.16 109.37 110.16 17.13 Index Points [+]
Productivity 109.05 108.94 109.05 27.62 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6671.00 7195.00 7195.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6638.00 6840.00 6840.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 37202.00 31517.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.62 22.59 22.62 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.89 4.52 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.40 21.39 21.49 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.80 0.60 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Population 325.72 323.41 325.72 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 [+]
Employment Rate 60.40 60.40 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 128568.00 128657.00 128657.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 27028.00 26883.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Living Wage Family 2240.00 2150.00 2240.00 2120.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1540.00 1460.00 1540.00 1420.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4290.00 4120.00 4320.00 3640.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 2090.00 1830.00 2100.00 1650.00 USD/Month [+]


United States Initial Jobless Claims

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 July of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
207.00 215.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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