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Date:August 31, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending Aug 25

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Aug 25, 2018 dropped to 2,135 from the previous week’s total of 2,193. For a comparison, during the week ending Aug 26, 2017, 2,360 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,161 from the previous week’s average of 2,170.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Aug 25, 2018 decreased to 17,611 from the previous week’s total of 18,104. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 21,539 for the week ending Aug 26, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 18,530 from the previous week’s average of 18,935.

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.

Employee training is crucial to workforce development, and the LWC offers a variety of customized training programs for Louisiana’s employers. In August, the LWC’s second session of utility line-worker program participants began training exercises, and the State Apprenticeship Council approved two new apprenticeship programs. Be sure to check out the new website dedicated to Registered Apprenticeship in Louisiana –

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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