BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending Feb. 11, 2012, decreased to 3,143 from the previous week’s total of 3,308. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending Feb. 12, 2011, figure of 4,158.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,289 from the previous week’s average of 3,495.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Feb. 11, 2012, decreased to 40,007 from the previous week’s total of 40,826. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Feb. 12, 2011, figure of 49,813.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 41,591 from the previous week’s average of 42,677.
Please note that a problem was discovered in charts that accompanied several recent UI claims press releases. Charts listing initial and continued claims for the first several weeks of 2012 were inadvertently plotted one week behind. However, the actual data in the press releases were correct. The charts on page 2 of this release have been revised and are up to date.
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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