Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 10, 2016 decreased to 2,864 from the previous week’s total of 3,109. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Dec. 12, 2015, 2,443 initial claims were filed.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,768 from the previous week’s average of 2,648.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Dec. 10, 2016 increased to 23,656 from the previous week’s total of 23,357. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 21,530 for the week ending Dec. 12, 2015.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 23,266 from the previous week’s average of 23,131.
Keeping these numbers in perspective, the total initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 10, 2016 decreased by 7.88%. All the while, the four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased by only 0.58%.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has countless tools both in person and online to help claimants both file and process their claims. This is also in addition to the agency’s 59 local offices statewide, job fairs, training programs, apprenticeship opportunities and so much more.
Locally speaking, Louisiana job searchers have already seen a benefit to the LWC’s services provided. Both Kevin Barrow and Shedrick Corhn, found jobs through a LaShip recruiting event and have begun their personal certification process. Additionally, with Houma based Edison Chouest Offshore winning a contract from the state of Alaska, an additional 85 people will be hired to fulfill services provided.
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, unemployment insurance claims by industry and UI claimants who have received at least one check during the reference month in Louisiana.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit www.laworks.net 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 www.laworks.net, scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section, and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.