BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending February 12, 2011, increased to 4,158 from the previous week’s total of 2,733. The over-the-week increase in initial claims can be primarily attributed to the return to normal business operations following the office closures of the week ending February 5, 2011. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending February 13, 2010, figure of 3,477.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,674 from the previous week’s average of 3,885.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending February 12, 2011, increased to 49,813 from the previous week’s total of 48,504. The over-the-week increase in continued claims was primarily due to the return to normal business operations following the office closures of the previous week. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending February 13, 2010, figure of 62,128.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 50,130 from the previous week’s average of 50,603.
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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