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Date:August 11, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Aug. 5

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Aug. 5, 2017 increased to 2,627 from the previous week’s total of 2,567. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Aug. 6, 2016, 2,949 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,708 from the previous week’s average of 2,806.

The continued unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Aug. 5, 2017 increased to 23,592 from the previous week’s total of 23,272. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 27,598 for the week ending Aug. 6, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 23,363 from the previous week’s average of 23,654.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is committed to helping businesses and individuals obtain jobs in family-sustaining careers, in order to help grow the state economy and provide for a better future. Data released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) shows that the total not-seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs increased by 21,600 from June 2016, bringing the new total to 1,990,600. This figure represents the largest over-the-year increase since February 2015.

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 numerous other services.

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 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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