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Date:December 11, 2017
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Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Dec. 2

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 2, 2017 increased to 2,553 from the previous week’s total of 1,857. The shortened prior work-week due to the Thanksgiving holiday contributed to the over-the-week increase in initial claims. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Dec. 3, 2016, 3,109 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,352 from the previous week’s average of 2,294.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Dec 2, 2017 increased to 19,604 from the previous week’s total of 18,465. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 23,357 for the week ending Dec. 3, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 19,604 from the previous week’s average of 18,465.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is committed to connecting job-seekers with family-sustaining careers in the digital space via the agency’s own Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) network. During the month of November, approximately 5,663 jobs were posted internally. During that same time period, 23,406 jobs were posted externally from 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 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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