Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 31, 2016 decreased to 1,851 from the previous week’s total of 2,093. The shorter work-week due to the Christmas and New Year holidays contributed to the over-the-week decrease in initial claims. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Jan. 2, 2016, 2,459 initial claims were filed.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,361 from the previous week’s average of 2,676.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Dec. 31, 2016 decreased to 23,434 from the previous week’s total of 23,719. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 24,659 for the week ending Jan. 2, 2016.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 23,675 from the previous week’s average of 23,656.
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 so much more.
The LWC strongly encourages job-seekers to access the agency’s Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) portal. In December 2016, Louisiana employers posted nearly 4,000 jobs and more than 250 job-seekers found employment through the site.
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.