BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending December 25, 2010, decreased to 3,411 from the previous week’s total of 4,262. The decline can be attributed to the shorter work week due to the Christmas holiday. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending December 26, 2009, figure of 3,568.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,269 from the previous week’s average of 4,217.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending December 25, 2010, decreased to 50,373 from the previous week’s total of 50,978. The decline can be attributed to the Christmas holiday. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending December 26, 2009, figure of 63,861.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 50,759 from the previous week’s average of 49,954.
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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