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LWC: Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending October 17

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Posted at 10:03 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 11:03:28-04

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says that initial unemployment insurance claims have dropped for week ending October 17.

Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending October 17, 2020 dropped to 13,039 from the week ending October 10, 2020

That is a decrease of 538 initial claims from the previous week's total of 13,577.

For a comparison, LWC says that during the week ending October 19, 2019, 1,792 initial claims were filed. The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 14,093 from the previous week’s average of 14,544.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending October 17, 2020 decreased to 146,622 from the week ending October 10, 2020 total of 165,320. The continued claims were above the comparable figure of 13,383 for the week ending October 19, 2019, according to LWC.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 180,506 from the previous week’s average of 203,532.

In person and online tools are available through the Louisiana Workforce Commission to help claimants file and process their claims.

In addition, the agency says resources can be found at their 62 local offices statewide. Those resources include job fair opportunities, training programs, apprenticeship opportunities and numerous other LWC services.

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

Those interested in viewing initial claims by industry and by parish can click here.

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