Economic Indicators

Jobless Claims - Initial

New unemployment claims are compiled weekly to show the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time. An increasing (decreasing) trend suggests a deteriorating (improving) labor market. The four-week moving average of new claims smoothes out weekly volatility. The Unemployment Insurance Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet other eligibility requirements of state law.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor
Measured: Weekly
Last Updated: 2/5/2015
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