Date:April 6, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Mar. 31

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Mar. 31, 2018 dropped to 1,648 from the previous week’s total of 1,863. For a comparison, during the week ending Apr. 1, 2017, 2,535 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 1,778 from the previous week’s average of 1,840.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Mar. 31, 2018 increased to 16,067 from the previous week’s total of 15,972. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 21,638 for the week ending Apr. 1, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 16,198 from the previous week’s average of 16,548.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) personalized online network features thousands of available jobs and a variety of free interactive resources to help guide job-seekers back into Louisiana’s workforce. During the month of March, 5,453 jobs were posted internally on HiRE. During that same time, 26,502 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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