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LWC: Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending August 29

LWC provides guidance to furloughed federal employees in Louisiana
Posted at 9:44 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 10:44:00-04

According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, initial unemployment insurance claims have risen for the week ending August 29, 2020.

LWC says that the initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending August 29 rose to 16,191 from the week ending August 22, 2020.

That's an increase of 3,662 initial claims from the previous week's total of 12,529.

For a comparison, LWC says that during the week ending August 31, 2019, 1,881 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 13,487 from the previous week’s average of 12,789.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending August 29, 2020 decreased to 249,610 from the week ending August 22, 2020 total of 250,720. The continued claims were above the comparable figure of 15,678 for the week ending August 31, 2019, LWC says.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 263,843 from the previous week’s average of 283,307.

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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