BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending April 23, 2011, decreased to 3,388 from the previous week’s total of 4,077. The over-the-week decrease in initial claims can be attributed to a shorter work week due to the Good Friday holiday and also the continuing decrease of initial claims two weeks following a new quarter for new and renewed UI claims. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending April 24, 2010, figure of 4,982.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,814 from the previous week’s average of 3,989.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending April 23, 2011, increased to 43,635 from the previous week’s total of 43,491. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending April 24, 2010, figure of 57,229.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 43,476 from the previous week’s average of 43,554.
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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