BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending March 24, 2012, increased to 2,873 from the previous week’s total of 2,830. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending March 26, 2011, figure of 4,087.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 3,026 from the previous week’s average of 2,973.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending March 24, 2012, decreased to 34,830 from the previous week’s total of 35,865. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending March 26, 2011, figure of 43,945. This marks the 11th consecutive week with a decrease in the number of continued weeks claimed and the lowest weekly level since Dec. 27, 2008 with 32,007.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 36,247 from the previous week’s average of 36,996.
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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