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Date:April 30, 2010
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Unemployment Insurance Claims Report April 30, 2010

BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending April 24, 2010, increased to 4,982 from the previous week’s total of 3,989. Initial claims increased over the week due to a temporary shutdown in the transportation equipment industry. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending April 25, 2009, figure of 4,478.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,330 from the previous week’s average of 4,115.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending April 24, 2010, decreased to 57,229 from the previous week’s total of 57,776. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending April 25, 2009, figure of 47,936.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 57,568 from the previous week’s average of 57,825.

For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC’s) Web site at http://www.LAWORKS.net and select Labor Market Information. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System), and under Demographics and Statistics select Unemployment Insurance Claimants.

The UI Weekly Claims Data Web page now includes the following features: UI Weekly Claims Data by Regional Labor Market Area (RLMA) and by Parish, UI Weekly Claims Data by Industry for Louisiana, and UI Definitions (PDF). To access, begin on the LWC home page and select Labor Market Information (LMI). Scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section and select Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims.

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