Date:February 9, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Feb. 3

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Feb. 3, 2018 dropped to 2,291 from the previous week’s total of 2,468. For a comparison, during the week ending Feb. 4, 2017, 2,356 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,360 from the previous week’s average of 2,343.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Feb. 3, 2018 increased to 19,205 from the previous week’s total of 19,093. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 21,614 for the week ending Feb. 4, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 19,343 from the previous week’s average of 19,432.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is committed to working with employers to help maintain a safe business environment, so that workers are able to contribute without fear of injury. The state’s rate of non-fatal accidents and injuries has continually decreased over the past 15 years and remains among the lowest rates in the nation when compared to the national averages compiled since 2007. The rate reported for Louisiana in 2016 leveled to 1.9 incidents per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. The national average was 2.9.

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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