Date:April 2, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Mar. 24

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Mar. 24, 2018 rose to 1,863 from the previous week’s total of 1,805. For a comparison, during the week ending Mar. 25, 2017, 2,571 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 1,840 from the previous week’s average of 1,847.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Mar. 24, 2018 decreased to 15,972 from the previous week’s total of 16,017. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 21,759 for the week ending Mar. 25, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 16,548 from the previous week’s average of 16,957.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is committed to providing pathways to employment between industry partners and job-seekers, that will enable both parties to connect and help Louisiana’s economy grow. Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 4.5 percent in February 2018. Compared to February 2017, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down 1.2 percent. The over-the-year decline of 1.2 percent was the second largest in the nation for February.

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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