Date:March 17, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Mar. 11

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Mar. 11, 2017 increased to 2,478 from the previous week’s total of 2,066. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Mar. 12, 2016, 2,654 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,237 from the previous week’s average of 2,175.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Mar. 11, 2017 increased to 20,136 from the previous week’s total of 19,206. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 22,851 for the week ending Mar. 12, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 19,969 from the previous week’s average of 20,216.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is committed to helping employers connect to future employees. On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the Louisiana Workforce Commission is hosting a career and jobs fair in Terrebonne Parish. More than 40 employers will be searching for skilled workers to help fill their company positions.

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.

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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