Date:February 3, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Jan. 28

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Jan. 28, 2017 increased to 2,518 from the previous week’s total of 2,458. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Jan. 30, 2016, 3,083 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,640 from the previous week’s average of 2,474.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Jan. 28, 2017 decreased to 22,099 from the previous week’s total of 22,654. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 23,287 for the week ending Jan. 30, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 22,923 from the previous week’s average of 23,257.

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.

Job-seekers and employers are encouraged to register with the LWC’s HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) re-employment system at Employers can post jobs, conduct detailed résumé searches and access training incentives while job-seekers can file for unemployment assistance and search for jobs specific to their needs and qualifications. Louisiana employers created more than 5,700 job orders in HiRE during the month of January.

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 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, scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section, and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.

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