Louisiana Workforce Commission

Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Drop For Week Ending Jan. 21

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January 27, 2017

Baton Rouge:  Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Jan. 21, 2017 decreased to 2,458 from the previous week’s total of 2,877. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Jan. 23, 2016, 2,658 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,474 from the previous week’s average of 2,382.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Jan. 21, 2017 decreased to 22,654 from the previous week’s total of 23,365. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 22,643 for the week ending Jan. 23, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 23,257 from the previous week’s average of 23,523.

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.

As part of the agency’s Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP), the LWC is also committed to helping the state’s smallest employers, or those with 50 or fewer employees. More than 508 of these companies trained 2,586 workers through the agency’s Small Business Employee Training (SBET) program in 2016.

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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