Date:February 10, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Feb. 4

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Feb. 4, 2017 decreased to 2,356 from the previous week’s total of 2,518. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Feb. 6, 2016, 3,084 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,552 from the previous week’s average of 2,640.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Feb. 4, 2017 decreased to 21,614 from the previous week’s total of 22,099. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 23,156 for the week ending Feb. 6, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 22,433 from the previous week’s average of 22,923.

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 helping all Louisianians, particularly those with disabilities, find meaningful employment. In 2016, the LWC’s Louisiana Rehabilitation Services office assisted nearly 22,500 disabled Louisianians in pursuit of their dream careers by developing individualized plans to employment and offering essential tools needed to get back to work.

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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