Date:May 5, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Apr. 29

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Apr. 29, 2017 increased to 2,640 from the previous week’s total of 2,631. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Apr. 30, 2016, 2,563 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,609 from the previous week’s average of 2,583.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Apr. 29, 2017 increased to 21,914 from the previous week’s total of 21,810. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 22,854 for the week ending Apr. 30, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 21,780 from the previous week’s average of 21,711.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is committed to working with Governor Edwards in reducing the unemployment rate, and helping all individuals of Louisiana find long-term, family-sustaining careers. During the month of March, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5.7 percent. March is the fourth consecutive month with a decline in the unemployment rate. The last time the unemployment rate increased was January of 2016.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has countless tools both in person and online to help claimants file and process their claims. This is in addition to the agency’s 59 local offices statewide, job fairs, training programs, apprenticeship opportunities and numerous other services.

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. Additionally, all reported numbers on initial and continued claims are estimates.

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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