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Date:October 8, 2010
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Unemployment Insurance Claims Report October 8, 2010

BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending October 2, 2010, increased to 3,742 from the previous week’s total of 3,680. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending October 3, 2009, figure of 4,498.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,775 from the previous week’s average of 3,861.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending October 2, 2010, decreased to 50,423 from the previous week’s total of 50,940. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending October 3, 2009, figure of 59,096.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 51,320 from the previous week’s average of 52,281.

In September all regular unemployment insurance claimants who have received at least one check during the reference month in Louisiana decreased by 5,611 from 47,547 in August 2010 to 41,936 in September 2010.

For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC’s) Web site at www.LAWORKS.net and select Labor Market Information. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System) and use the menu under Historic Data Analysis. Scroll over Employment and Wage Data, Labor Force Data, and select Unemployment Insurance Claimants.

The UI Weekly Claims Data Web page 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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