The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits edged higher by 4K to 230K in the week ending December 3rd, matching market expectations. The previous week's level was revised up by 1K from 225K to 226K. The 4-week moving average which removes week-to-week volatility was 230K, the highest level since the last week of August. Non-seasonally adjusted data showed claims rose the most in California (16.057K), amid a big tech layoff, followed by Texas (7.9K) and Georgia (7.57K). Initial claims averaged 224K so far in the fourth quarter, a level consistent with tight labour market. Meanwhile, continuing claims rose for an eighth straight week to 1.671 million in the last week of November, the highest since the week ending February 5th. source: U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 368.71 Thousand from 1967 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 6137.00 Thousand in April of 2020 and a record low of 162.00 Thousand in November of 1968. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2022.

Initial Jobless Claims in the United States is expected to be 250.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United States Initial Jobless Claims is projected to trend around 220.00 Thousand in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United States Initial Jobless Claims



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-12-01 01:30 PM Nov/26 225K 241K 235K 258K
2022-12-08 01:30 PM Dec/03 230K 226K 230K 240K
2022-12-15 01:30 PM Dec/10 230K 235K


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Initial Jobless Claims 230.00 226.00 Thousand Dec 2022
Continuing Jobless Claims 1671.00 1609.00 Thousand Nov 2022
Productivity 113.27 113.04 points Sep 2022
Labour Costs 126.60 125.86 points Sep 2022
Jobless Claims 4-week Average 230.00 229.00 Thousand Dec 2022
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims 0.90 1.55 Thousand Dec 2021

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.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
230.00 226.00 6137.00 162.00 1967 - 2022 Thousand Weekly
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Initial Claims Match Forecasts at 230K
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits edged higher by 4K to 230K in the week ending December 3rd, matching market expectations. The previous week's level was revised up by 1K from 225K to 226K. The 4-week moving average which removes week-to-week volatility was 230K, the highest level since the last week of August. Non-seasonally adjusted data showed claims rose the most in California (16.057K), amid a big tech layoff, followed by Texas (7.9K) and Georgia (7.57K). Initial claims averaged 224K so far in the fourth quarter, a level consistent with tight labour market. Meanwhile, continuing claims rose for an eighth straight week to 1.671 million in the last week of November, the highest since the week ending February 5th.
2022-12-08
US Initial Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 16,000 to 225,000 on the week ending November 26th, compared to market expectations of 235,000. The 4-week moving average was 228,750, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average. On a seasonally unadjusted basis, initial claims fell by 50,512 to 198,557, with notable decreases in Montana (-318), North Carolina (-133), and Arkansas (-131).
2022-12-01
US Initial Jobless Claims at 3-Month High
The number of American filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose by 17,000 to 240,000 on the week ending November 19th, the most since August and well above expectations of 225,000 likely boosted by the wave of layoffs in technology companies. Also, last week's rise may be technical as the model used by the government to adjust the data for seasonal fluctuations typically anticipates a rise in filings because of temporary company closures related to the holidays. On a seasonally unadjusted basis, initial claims soared by 47,909 to 248,185, with significant increases in Illinois (+7,306), California (+5,024), and Georgia (+3,434). The four-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, rose by 5,500 to 226,750.
2022-11-23