BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending January 8, 2011, increased to 6,503 from the previous week’s total of 3,512. The over-the-week increase in initial claims was attributed to the first full work week after the holidays, the end of seasonal holiday employment, and the first week of a new quarter for new and renewed UI claims. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending January 9, 2010, figure of 6,033.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,422 from the previous week’s average of 3,854.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending January 8, 2011, increased to 51,967 from the previous week’s total of 50,407. The over-the-week increase in continued claims was due to the first full work week after the holidays. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending January 9, 2010, figure of 68,337.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 50,931 from the previous week’s average of 50,483.
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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