BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending January 15, 2011, decreased to 4,999 from the previous week’s total of 6,503. The over-the-week decrease in initial claims was spread throughout various industries. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending January 16, 2010, figure of 4,945.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,606 from the previous week’s average of 4,422.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending January 15, 2011, decreased to 51,704 from the previous week’s total of 51,967. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending January 16, 2010, figure of 66,735.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 51,113 from the previous week’s average of 50,931.
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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