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Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Rise for Week Ending March 28th

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Mar. 28, 2020 rose to 97,400 from the week ending March 21, 2020 total of 72,438. For a comparison, during the week ending March 30, 2019, 1,666 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 43,448 from the previous week’s average of 19,475.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending Mar. 28, 2020 increased to 58,027 from the week ending March 21, 2020 total of 14,143. The continued claims were above the comparable figure of 14,283 for the week ending March 30, 2019.

The four-week moving average of continued claims increased to 25,089 from the previous week’s average of 14,405.

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.