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Date:November 14, 2016
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Nov. 5

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Nov. 5, 2016 increased to 2,704 from the previous week’s total of 2,499. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Nov. 7, 2015, 1,807 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,580 from the previous week’s average of 2,543.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Nov. 5, 2016 decreased to 23,516 from the previous week’s total of 23,784. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 22,428 for the week ending Nov. 7, 2015.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 23,669 from the previous week’s average of 23,727.

The LWC strongly encourages all unemployed or underemployed individuals to visit their local Business and Career Solutions Center. At any of these 59 local offices, job-seekers can receive assistance in developing a personalized plan to obtain their dream career that’s fulfilling and family-sustaining. The agency is continually adding events to help move those on government assistance to self-sufficiency. Next week, two hiring events will take place in Walker and Hammond on November 15 and 17, respectively, while a Re-Entry Job Fair will take place in Lafayette, La. on November 18 for those with felony convictions.

Updates to the LWC’s unemployment information processing system are still being implemented. As a result, the following data are not currently available: the break-out of interstate claims, Louisiana unemployment insurance claimants' parish of residence, unemployment insurance claims by industry and UI claimants who have received at least one check during the reference month in Louisiana.

For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit and select Labor Market Information.

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Weekly Claims Data webpage includes the following: UI Weekly Claims Data by Regional Labor Market Area and by Parish, UI Weekly Claims Data by Industry for Louisiana, UI Definition and UI Monthly Claimant Characteristics by Parish. To access these products, select Labor Market Information at, scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section, and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.

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