Date:March 31, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Mar. 25

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Mar. 25, 2017 decreased to 2,571 from the previous week’s total of 2,587. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Mar. 26, 2016, 2,497 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,426 from the previous week’s average of 2,351.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Mar. 25, 2017 increased to 21,759 from the previous week’s total of 21,075. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 22,799 for the week ending Mar. 26, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 20,544 from the previous week’s average of 20,093.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is dedicated to working closely with employers, employees and job-seekers to meet their employment and training needs. During the month of February, the civilian labor force seasonally-adjusted employment figure grew by 8,427, one of the highest over-the-month increases since September of 1983.

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 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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