BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending February 26, 2011, increased slightly to 3,196 from the previous week’s total of 3,167. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending February 27, 2010, figure of 4,203.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,314 from the previous week’s average of 3,483.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending February 26, 2011, decreased to 46,731 from the previous week’s total of 47,774. The largest over-the-week decrease in continued claims was in the construction industry. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending February 27, 2010, figure of 60,484.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 48,206 from the previous week’s average of 49,186.
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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