BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending April 2, 2011, decreased to 3,591 from the previous week’s total of 4,087. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending April 3, 2010, figure of 3,689.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 3,641 from the previous week’s average of 3,630.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending April 2, 2011, increased to 44,100 from the previous week’s total of 43,945. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending April 3, 2010, figure of 57,092.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 44,424 from the previous week’s average of 44,804.
In March 2011 all regular unemployment insurance claimants who have received at least one check during the reference month in Louisiana increased by 762 from 41,757 in February 2011 to 42,519 in March 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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