BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Mar. 18, 2017 increased to 2,587 from the previous week’s total of 2,478. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Mar. 19, 2016, 2,878 initial claims were filed.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,351 from the previous week’s average of 2,237.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Mar. 18, 2017 increased to 21,075 from the previous week’s total of 20,136. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 22,756 for the week ending Mar. 19, 2016.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 20,093 from the previous week’s average of 19,969.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is committed to helping individuals find meaningful employment through services offered. During the month of February, the LWC’s HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) network created more than 3,600 job orders with over 320 job-seekers able to find employment through the site.
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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