Initial unemployment claims drop in Louisiana

The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending April 25, 2020 dropped to 66,141 from the week ending April 18, 2020 total of 91,923. For a comparison, during the week ending April 27, 2019, 2,030 initial claims were filed. 

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 84,972 from the previous week’s average of 92,787. 

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending April 25, 2020 increased to 300,657 from the week ending April 18, 2020 total of 246,296. The continued claims were above the comparable figure of 13,136 for the week ending April 27, 2019. 

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 221,307 from the previous week’s average of 160,650. 

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 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.