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Date:December 15, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Dec. 9

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 9, 2017 decreased to 2,145 from the previous week’s total of 2,553. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Dec. 10, 2016, 2,864 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,318 from the previous week’s average of 2,352.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Dec 9, 2017 decreased to 19,001 from the previous week’s total of 19,604. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 23,656 for the week ending Dec. 10, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 18,862 from the previous week’s average of 18,716.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) works with partners all over the state to provide opportunities for those seeking a family-sustaining career. Beginning in January, job seekers in South Louisiana can take advantage of a new program designed to usher participants into electrical line maintenance careers in six months or less. The Certified Line Worker Training Program, sponsored in part by the LWC, will equip students with specialized training and certification to secure employment as line helpers and apprentices.

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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