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Date:December 1, 2017
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Nov. 25

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Nov. 25, 2017 decreased to 1,857 from the previous week’s total of 2,718. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Nov. 26, 2016, 2,029 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,294 from the previous week’s average of 2,392.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Nov. 25, 2017 increased to 18,465 from the previous week’s total of 18,379. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 22,984 for the week ending Nov. 26, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 18,519 from the previous week’s average of 18,499.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is committed to matching job-seekers with employers in family-sustaining careers to provide for themselves and continue to help improve Louisiana’s economy as a whole. Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October dropped to 4.3 percent. May 2008 was the last time the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was this low.

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 and unemployment insurance claims by industry.

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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