BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending Feb. 4, 2012, decreased to 3,308 from the previous week’s total of 3,360. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending Feb. 5, 2011, figure of 2,733.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,495 from the previous week’s average of 3,761.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Feb. 4, 2012, decreased to 40,826 from the previous week’s total of 42,319. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Feb. 5, 2011, figure of 48,504.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 42,677 from the previous week’s average of 43,696.
All regular unemployment insurance claimants in Louisiana who have received at least one check during the reference month, increased by 3,812 from 39,051 in December 2011 to 42,863 in January 2012.
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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