Date:May 11, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending May 5

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 5, 2018 dropped to 2,065 from the previous week’s total of 2,242. For a comparison, during the week ending May 6, 2017, 2,652 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,102 from the previous week’s average of 2,184.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending May 5, 2018 increased to 15,874 from the previous week’s total of 15,278. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 22,049 for the week ending May 6, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 15,533 from the previous week’s average of 15,475.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is constantly working with employers and organizations to ensure that the LWC’s online job portal, Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) network, is up to date for job seekers in search of a family-sustaining career. During the month of April, 5,996 jobs were posted internally on the network. During that same time period, 29,532 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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