Date:May 12, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending May 6

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 6, 2017 increased to 2,652 from the previous week’s total of 2,640. For the comparable week a year ago, ending May 7, 2016, 2,825 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,631 from the previous week’s average of 2,609.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending May 6, 2017 increased to 22,049 from the previous week’s total of 21,914. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 22,633 for the week ending May 7, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 21,872 from the previous week’s average of 21,780.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is committed to helping individuals find long-term, family-sustaining careers. During the month of April, the LWC’s HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) network created more than 4,200 job orders with over 270 job-seekers able to find employment through the site.

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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