The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 1 thousand to 211 thousand in the week ended May 18th 2019 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 212 thousand and compared with market expectations of 215 thousand. According to unadjusted data, the largest declines were seen California (-1,662); Illinois (-1,351) and Georgia (-1,014) while the biggest rises were registered in Ohio (+4,228); Pennsylvania (+1,012) and Texas (+855). Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 352.42 Thousand from 1967 until 2019, 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 expected to be 208.70 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Initial Jobless Claims in the United States to stand at 216.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Initial Jobless Claims is projected to trend around 267.12 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-05-02 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 230K 230K 215K
2019-05-09 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 228K 230K 220K 225K
2019-05-16 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 212K 228K 220K
2019-05-23 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 211K 212K 215K 219K
2019-05-30 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 211K
2019-06-06 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims
2019-06-13 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims



US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week

The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 1 thousand to 211 thousand in the week ended May 18th 2019 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 212 thousand and compared with market expectations of 215 thousand.

The 4-week moving average was 220,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 225,000.

According to unadjusted data, the largest declines were seen California (-1,662); Illinois (-1,351) and Georgia (-1,014) while the biggest rises were registered in Ohio (+4,228); Pennsylvania (+1,012) and Texas (+855).

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending May 11, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 11 was 1,676,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 4,000 from 1,660,000 to 1,664,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,674,250, an increase of 5,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 1,668,250 to 1,668,750.


DOL | Agna Gabriel | agna.gabriel@tradingeconomics.com
5/23/2019 12:38:18 PM



United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.60 3.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 263.00 189.00 1118.00 -1959.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 236.00 179.00 1092.00 -811.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 27.00 10.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 4.00 0.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 211.00 212.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1676.00 1664.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 275.00 151.00 360.00 -706.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 156645.00 156748.00 156949.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 5824.00 6211.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.80 63.00 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.80 0.78 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.30 8.80 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.69 109.94 109.94 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 106.99 106.06 106.99 26.02 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7343.00 6708.00 7484.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 7488.00 7142.00 7626.00 2264.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 40023.00 60587.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 23.31 23.24 23.31 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.19 4.22 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 22.04 21.96 22.04 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.70 0.70 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 60.60 60.60 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 129778.00 129969.00 130159.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26915.00 26938.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Living Wage Family 2380.00 2270.00 2380.00 2160.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1660.00 1560.00 1660.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4520.00 4330.00 4950.00 4330.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1960.00 1760.00 2340.00 1760.00 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 May of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
211.00 212.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2019 Thousand Weekly
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