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Date:September 8, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Sept. 2

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Sept. 2, 2017 increased to 2,915 from the previous week’s total of 2,360. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Sept. 3, 2016, 3,067 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,643 from the previous week’s average of 2,571.

The continued unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Sept. 2, 2017 decreased to 20,810 from the previous week’s total of 21,539. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 28,146 for the week ending Sept. 3, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 21,718 from the previous week’s average of 22,413.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) network provides a two-way digital street for employers to connect with prospective job seekers online, which allows both parties opportunities to partake in the benefits of family-sustaining careers. During the month of August, approximately 5,843 jobs were posted within the HiRE network. During the same time, approximately 20,814 jobs were posted externally through HiRE.

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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