Date:February 2, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Jan. 27

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Jan. 27, 2018 rose to 2,468 from the previous week’s total of 1,737. For a comparison, during the week ending Jan. 28, 2017, 2,518 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,343 from the previous week’s average of 2,148.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Jan. 27, 2018 decreased to 19,093 from the previous week’s total of 19,150. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 22,099 for the week ending Jan. 28, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 19,432 from the previous week’s average of 19,538.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is committed to being a focal point for local businesses to assist in job fairs at which employers can connect job-seekers with family-sustaining careers. On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Calcasieu Consortium January 2018 Quarterly Job Fair was held at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, La. By the numbers, 54 employers connected with 363 job-seekers, 102 of which were veterans, in search of full-time employment.

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 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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