Louisiana Workforce Commission

Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Rise for Week Ending Jan. 7

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January 19, 2017

Baton Rouge:  Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Jan. 7, 2017 increased to 2,708 from the previous week’s total of 1,851. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Jan. 9, 2016, 4,203 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,322 from the previous week’s average of 2,361.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Jan. 7, 2017 increased to 23,574 from the previous week’s total of 23,434. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 23,331 for the week ending Jan. 9, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 23,655 from the previous week’s average of 23,675.

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 is committed to building a stronger and more well-trained workforce in Louisiana. In 2016, more than 34,000 Louisiana workers received training to upgrade their existing skills thanks to the agency’s Incumbent Worker Training Program.

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.

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