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LWC: Initial unemployment insurance claims rise for week ending July 4

LWC provides guidance to furloughed federal employees in Louisiana
Posted at 11:08 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 12:08:44-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Louisiana Workforce Commission says that initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending July 4 rose to 31,417. This is an increase of 9,441 from the week ending June 27, total of 21,976.

For a comparison, during the week ending July 6, 2019, 1,844 initial claims were filed.

According to the LWC, states are required to ensure that no state unemployment eligibility exists for individuals drawing federal benefits for each quarter change. Functionality that was designed to test new eligibility under the state program malfunctioned, prompting individuals to file new state unemployment claims a week before quarter change. This contributed to the increase in new claims numbers for last week.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 24,010 from the previous week’s average of 21,625.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending July 4, increased to 313,157 from the week ending June 27, 2020 total of 306,089. The continued claims were above the comparable figure of 17,097 for the week ending July 6, 2019.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 306,498 from the previous week’s average of 304,480.

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.

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