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Date:March 23, 2012
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Unemployment Insurance Claims Report Mar. 23, 2012

BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending Mar. 17, 2012, decreased to 2,830 from the previous week’s total of 3,097. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending Mar. 19, 2011, figure of 3,655.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,973 from the previous week’s average of 3,018.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Mar. 17, 2012, decreased to 35,865 from the previous week’s total of 36,518. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Mar. 19, 2011, figure of 45,045. This marks the 10th consecutive week with a decrease in the number of continued weeks claimed and the lowest weekly level since Jan. 3, 2009 with 35,697.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 36,996 from the previous week’s average of 37,782.

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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