BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending April 30, 2011, increased to 3,955 from the previous short work week’s total of 3,388. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending May 1, 2010, figure of 4,574.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 3,905 from the previous week’s average of 3,814.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending April 30, 2011, increased to 43,883 from the previous week’s total of 43,635. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending May 1, 2010, figure of 56,857.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 43,422 from the previous week’s average of 43,476.
In April 2011, all regular unemployment insurance claimants who have received at least one check decreased by 2,674 from 42,519 in March 2011 to 39,845 in April 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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