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Date:November 3, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Oct. 28

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Oct. 28, 2017 decreased to 2,247 from the previous week’s total of 2,396. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Oct. 29, 2016, 2,499 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,342 from the previous week’s average of 2,315.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Oct. 28, 2017 increased to 18,385 from the previous week’s total of 18,261. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 23,784 for the week ending Oct. 29, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 18,426 from the previous week’s average of 18,782.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is committed to creating a welcome online digital space through the Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) network, where employers and job-seekers can connect with family-sustaining careers. During the month of October, 5,825 jobs were posted within the HiRE network internally. Over the same time period, approximately 26,488 jobs were posted externally.

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 and unemployment insurance claims by industry.

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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