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

The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 1 thousand to 204 thousand in the week ending September 8 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 205 thousand and missing market consensus of 210 thousand. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202 thousand. According to unadjusted data, the largest declines were reported in California (-3,708), New York (-3,688) and Pennsylvania (-956) while the biggest increases were seen in Iowa (+803), Wisconsin (+645) and Kansas (+582). Initial Jobless Claims in the United States averaged 354.23 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 Remain Near 49-Year Low


The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 1 thousand to 204 thousand in the week ending September 8 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 205 thousand and missing market consensus of 210 thousand. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202 thousand.

The 4-week moving average was 208,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since December 6, 1969 when it was 204,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 209,500 to 210,000. 

According to unadjusted data, the largest declines were reported in California (-3,708), New York (-3,688) and Pennsylvania (-956) while the biggest increases were seen in Iowa (+803), Wisconsin (+645) and Kansas (+582).

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending September 1, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. 

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 1 was 1,696,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since December 1, 1973 when it was 1,692,000. The previous week's level was revised up 4,000 from 1,707,000 to 1,711,000. It compares with market consensus of 1,710,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,711,250, a decrease of 8,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 24, 1973 when it was 1,706,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 1,718,500 to 1,719,500. 


DOL | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
9/13/2018 12:51:47 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-08-30 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 213K 210K 214K 212K
2018-09-06 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 203K 213K 214K 213K
2018-09-13 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 204K 205K 210K 206K
2018-09-20 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 204K 210K 208K
2018-09-27 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 208K
2018-10-04 12:30 PM Initial Jobless Claims 208K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.90 3.90 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 201.00 147.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 204.00 153.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -3.00 -6.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -3.00 18.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 204.00 205.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1696.00 1711.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 163.00 217.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155542.00 155965.00 155965.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6234.00 6280.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.40 0.30 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.82 0.88 2.80 0.74 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.60 8.90 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.33 109.60 109.60 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 105.08 104.34 105.08 26.03 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7313.00 6653.00 7313.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6939.00 6822.00 6939.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 38472.00 27122.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.73 22.66 22.73 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.83 4.99 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.42 21.41 21.53 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.80 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 60.30 60.50 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 128577.00 129021.00 129021.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26913.00 26992.00 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 September of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
204.00 205.00 695.00 162.00 1967 - 2018 Thousand Weekly
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