Louisiana Workforce Commission

Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Rise for Week Ending Apr. 15

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April 21, 2017

BATON ROUGE: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Apr. 15, 2017 increased to 2,602 from the previous week’s total of 2,562. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Apr. 16, 2016, 2,791 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,568 from the previous week’s average of 2,564.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Apr. 15, 2017 increased to 21,714 from the previous week’s total of 21,681. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 22,685 for the week ending Apr. 16, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 21,698 from the previous week’s average of 21,538.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission works to help everyone on an individual basis. Erick Ledet, a veteran Army mechanic, was laid off from his job after a downturn in the oil and gas sector. Offered résumé assistance and personalized career coaching by the Lafayette Business & Career Solutions Center, Mr. Ledet was able to find employment once more as a Mechanical Engineer with S-RAM Dynamics.

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.

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. Additionally, all reported numbers on initial and continued claims are estimates.

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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