BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending April 9, 2011, increased to 4,201 from the previous week’s total of 3,591. The over-the-week increase in initial claims was attributed in part to the first week of a new quarter for new and renewed UI claims. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending April 10, 2010, figure of 4,661.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 3,884 from the previous week’s average of 3,641.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending April 9, 2011, decreased to 42,678 from the previous week’s total of 44,100. The largest over-the-week decrease in continued claims was in the transportation equipment industry. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending April 10, 2010, figure of 58,173.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 43,942 from the previous week’s average of 44,424.
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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