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Date:October 13, 2017
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Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Rise of Week Ending Oct. 7

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Oct. 7, 2017 increased to 2,409 from the previous week’s total of 2,138. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Oct. 8, 2016, 2,558 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,234 from the previous week’s average of 2,226.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Oct. 7, 2017 decreased to 18,607 from the previous week’s total of 19,808. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 23,751 for the week ending Oct. 8, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 19,612 from the previous week’s average of 20,140.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is committed to hosting job fairs that help all Louisiana individuals, so that nobody is denied the opportunity of a family-sustaining career. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the LWC is sponsoring Diversity Works Job Fairs in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport throughout October, to help individuals – especially those with disabilities contribute to the state economy.

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 www.laworks.net 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 www.laworks.net, scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section, and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.

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