Date:May 26, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending May 20

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 20, 2017 increased to 2,755 from the previous week’s total of 2,700. For the comparable week a year ago, ending May 21, 2016, 3,165 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,687 from the previous week’s average of 2,656.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending May 20, 2017 increased to 22,411 from the previous week’s total of 22,253. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 23,394 for the week ending May 21, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 22,157 from the previous week’s average of 22,007.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) strives to create a strong central economy for Louisiana job-seekers to find family-sustaining careers. The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people that are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 7,676 from March, bringing the current total to 2,121,473. April marks the third consecutive month the seasonally adjusted civilian labor force has improved.

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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