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Date:December 22, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Dec. 16

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 16, 2017 rose to 2,551 from the previous week’s total of 2,145. For a comparison, during the week ending Dec. 17, 2016, 2,637 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,277 from the previous week’s average of 2,318.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Dec 16, 2017 increased to 19,147 from the previous week’s total of 19,001. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 23,892 for the week ending Dec. 17, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 19,054 from the previous week’s average of 18,862.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) utilizes a variety of programs throughout the state to help individuals find reemployment in their time of need. Laid off without anywhere to go, Amy Levay walked into the Houma Business and Career Solutions Centers (BCSC) for help. With staff members able to steer her toward an open position within Scurlock Electric via an On-the-Job Training program contract, Ms. Levay was hired and credits the Houma BCSC for the help she received to acquire her new position.

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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