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First-time unemployment claims drop; continuing claims increase

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Posted at 11:18 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 12:41:26-04

The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 9, 2020 dropped to 40,125 from the week ending May 2, 2020 total of 50,941.

For a comparison, during the week ending May 11, 2019, 2,028 initial claims were filed. The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 62,283 from the previous week’s average of 72,165.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending May 9, 2020 increased to 325,136 from the week ending May 2, 2020 total of 310,013.

The continued claims were above the comparable figure of 13,409 for the week ending May 11, 2019.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 295,526 from the previous week’s average of 268,625.

In Acadiana, first-time claims also are down, except for Cameron Parish, where there was an increase of one claim.

Here are the numbers for initial claims by parish for the weeks of May 9, May 2 and April 25:

Acadia Parish 434 | 623 | 727

Calcasieu Parish 1,788 | 2,432 | 3,002

Cameron Parish 44 | 43 | 39

Evangeline Parish 178 | 288 | 268

Iberia Parish 586 | 832 | 958

Jeff Davis Parish 210 | 277 | 358

Lafayette Parish 2,174 | 2,802 | 3,474

St. Landry Parish 702 | 845 | 1,093

St. Martin Parish 444 | 508 | 667

St. Mary Parish 451 | 516 | 676

Vermilion Parish 406 | 525 | 667

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says it has countless tools both in person and online to help claimants file and process their claims. This is in addition to the resources found at the agency’s 62 local offices statewide, opportunities discovered at job fairs, training programs, apprenticeship opportunities and numerous other LWC services.

To view unemployment insurance claims data for prior weeks, visit www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information, scroll down the LMI page and select Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims Data. Please click here to view initial claims by industry and by parish.

To view unemployment insurance claims data for prior weeks, visit www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information, scroll down the LMI page and select Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims Data.

Please click here to view initial claims by industry and by parish.
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