Date:April 13, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Apr. 7

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Apr. 7, 2018 rose to 2,393 from the previous week’s total of 1,648. For a comparison, during the week ending Apr. 8, 2017, 2,562 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 1,927 from the previous week’s average of 1,778.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Apr. 7, 2018 decreased to 15,640 from the previous week’s total of 16,067. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 21,681 for the week ending Apr. 8, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 15,924 from the previous week’s average of 16,198.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is committed to helping the youth of Louisiana gain the necessary skills to help provide a path to a family-sustaining career. On Thursday, February 12, the LWC’s American Job Center network hosted an out-of-school youth open house event for job-seekers within the 16-24 age range. Programs, services and additional resources to help Louisiana’s out-of-school youth were provided to all who attended.

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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