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Date:October 27, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Oct. 21

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Oct. 21, 2017 increased to 2,396 from the previous week’s total of 2,317. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Oct. 22, 2016, 2,442 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,315 from the previous week’s average of 2,255.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Oct. 21, 2017 decreased to 18,261 from the previous week’s total of 18,450. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 23,089 for the week ending Oct. 22, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 18,782 from the previous week’s average of 19,130.

Providing tools and resources to Louisiana residents that improve working conditions is a goal the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is committed to meeting every single day. From November 6-7, the LWC is proud to sponsor the 4th annual North Louisiana Safety & Health Conference at the Monroe Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference is designed to enhance workplace-hazard recognition and to strengthen a culture of workplace safety – all in an effort to reduce employee injuries and illnesses.

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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