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Date:November 13, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Nov. 4

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Nov. 4, 2017 increased to 2,321 from the previous week’s total of 2,247. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Nov. 5, 2016, 2,704 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,320 from the previous week’s average of 2,342.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Nov. 4, 2017 increased to 18,818 from the previous week’s total of 18,385. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 23,516 for the week ending Nov. 5, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 18,479 from the previous week’s average of 18,426.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is dedicated to meeting the needs of job seekers across the state and regularly sponsors hiring events that lead to new career opportunities. On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the Business and Career Solutions Centers of Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes hosted the Northshore Fall Fest Job Fair in Mandeville. More than 60 employers participated in the event, looking to fill more than 1,000 available positions.

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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