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Date:November 18, 2016
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Nov. 12

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Nov. 12, 2016 decreased to 2,386 from the previous week’s total of 2,704. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Nov. 14, 2015, 3,196 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,508 from the previous week’s average of 2,580.

During the month of October, 319 job-seekers found employment through the LWC’s HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) re-employment system while 15 employers posted 140 available positions. Following the recent flooding disaster, the LWC also posted 293 available positions to assist in the recovery, 186 of which were filled.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Nov. 12, 2016 decreased to 23,117 from the previous week’s total of 23,516. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 19,595 for the week ending Nov. 14, 2015.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 23,377 from the previous week’s average of 23,669.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission has countless tools to connect job-seekers to employers from in-person assistance through the agency’s 59 local offices statewide, job fairs, training programs, apprenticeship opportunities and so much more.

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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