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Date:July 13, 2018
Contact:Media Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending July 7

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending July 7, 2018 rose to 2,325 from the previous week’s total of 2,120. For a comparison, during the week ending July 8, 2017, 3,019 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,312 from the previous week’s average of 2,452.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending July 7, 2018 decreased to 18,587 from the previous week’s total of 19,178. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 24,753 for the week ending July 8, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 18,686 from the previous week’s average of 18,394.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) serves the needs of the state by helping out constituents on an individual basis. Skills deficient and needing assistance, a young man approached the Beauregard American Job Center (AJC) to make a change. Providing assessment tests and other occupational exams, AJC staff focused on the areas he needed help with most. With AJC staff working with him daily, efforts finally paid off when he was hired as a commercial driver for PTL Trucking. He thanks the AJC for all the assistance provided.

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 62 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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