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Date:September 1, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Aug. 26

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Aug. 26, 2017 decreased to 2,360 from the previous week’s total of 2,570. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Aug. 27, 2016, 4,679 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,571 from the previous week’s average of 2,622.

The continued unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Aug. 26, 2017 decreased to 21,539 from the previous week’s total of 22,115. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 26,987 for the week ending Aug. 27, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 22,413 from the previous week’s average of 22,846.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) works with employers to help host and coordinate job fairs so that prospective job-seekers have multiple opportunities at a family-sustaining career. On Friday, August 25, 2017, the Ringgold Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Job Fair was held on-site from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Northwest Louisiana Technical College (NWLTC) in Minden, La. By the numbers, more than 60 individuals showed up on NWLTC’s campus for prospective jobs in the medical field.

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.

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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