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Date:August 10, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending Aug 4

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Aug 4, 2018 rose to 2,204 from the previous week’s total of 2,172. For a comparison, during the week ending Aug 5, 2017, 2,627 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,275 from the previous week’s average of 2,305.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Aug 4, 2018 increased to 19,594 from the previous week’s total of 19,232. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 23,592 for the week ending Aug 5, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 19,246 from the previous week’s average of 18,995.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) continuously works to have the most up-to-date listings on its state-of-the-art Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) website. During the month of July, 5,860 jobs were posted internally on HiRE. Over the same time period, 29,388 jobs were posted externally from the website.

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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