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Date:June 2, 2017
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Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending May 27

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 27, 2017 increased to 2,907 from the previous week’s total of 2,755. For the comparable week a year ago, ending May 28, 2016, 3,138 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,754 from the previous week’s average of 2,687.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending May 27, 2017 increased to 22,563 from the previous week’s total of 22,411. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable figure of 23,365 for the week ending May 28, 2016.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 22,319 from the previous week’s average of 22,157.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) works with community leaders in all metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), to encourage job growth for local industries and to improve the statewide economy. According to not seasonally adjusted figures from April, the Lafayette and Lake Charles MSA gained 1,900 and 1,100 jobs respectively, from the previous month. Lake Charles nonfarm employment is also at a series high.

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. 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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