BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending February 5, 2011, decreased to 2,733 from the previous week’s total of 3,872. The decrease in initial claims can be primarily attributed to the shorter work week due to winter weather office closures. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending February 6, 2010, figure of 4,702.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,885 from the previous week’s average of 4,827.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending February 5, 2011, decreased to 48,504 from the previous week’s total of 50,654. The over-the-week decrease in continued claims was primarily due to the winter weather office closures. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending February 6, 2010, figure of 62,670.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 50,603 from the previous week’s average of 51,468.
In January 2011 all regular unemployment insurance claimants who have received at least one check during the reference month in Louisiana increased by 3,859 from 42,820 in December 2010 to 46,679 in January 2011.
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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