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Date:August 3, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending July 28

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending July 28, 2018 dropped to 2,172 from the previous week’s total of 2,198. For a comparison, during the week ending July 29, 2017, 2,567 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,305 from the previous week’s average of 2,292.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending July 28, 2018 increased to 19,232 from the previous week’s total of 19,196. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 23,272 for the week ending July 29, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 18,995 from the previous week’s average of 18,981.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) works to provide job fairs across a variety of industries, in order to provide opportunities to all individuals, regardless of their career path. On Monday, August 6, Kelly Services will be hosting a job fair from 8:30 a.m. – noon at the Iberville/West Baton Rouge American Job Center in Plaquemine, La. Kelly Services will be looking to fill fork-lift operator positions, with starting pay at $12 an hour.

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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