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Date:September 7, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Sept 1

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Sept 1, 2018 dropped to 2,040 from the previous week’s total of 2,135. For a comparison, during the week ending Sept 2, 2017, 2,915 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,120 from the previous week’s average of 2,161.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Sept 1, 2018 decreased to 17,277 from the previous week’s total of 17,611. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 20,810 for the week ending Sept 2, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 17,951 from the previous week’s average of 18,530.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is steadily cultivating workforce-development initiatives in Louisiana, such as Registered Apprenticeship. With 60 programs statewide, the LWC incorporates both traditionally-accepted apprenticeship standards with newer, more innovative and dynamic models. For more information about Registered Apprenticeship in Louisiana, visit the new website,

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 62 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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