BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending Oct. 8, 2011, increased to 3,727 from the previous week’s total of 3,236. 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 Oct. 9, 2010, figure of 3,981.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 3,438 from the previous week’s average of 3,320.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Oct. 8, 2011, decreased to 41,146 from the previous week’s total of 42,255. This was the lowest continued claims figure in 2011. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Oct. 9, 2010, figure of 49,169.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 42,567 from the previous week’s average of 43,256.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website at www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information. Then select LOIS 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 webpage includes the following features: UI Weekly Claims Data by Regional Labor Market Area and by Parish, UI Weekly Claims Data by Industry for Louisiana, UI Definitions and UI Monthly Claimant Characteristics by Parish. To access these products begin on the LWC home page and select Labor Market Information. Scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.
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