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Date:April 9, 2012
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Unemployment Insurance Claims Report April 9, 2012

BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending March 31, 2012, increased to 2,945 from the previous week’s total of 2,873. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending April 2, 2011, figure of 3,591.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,936 from the previous week’s average of 3,026.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending March 31, 2012, decreased to 34,204 from the previous week’s total of 34,830. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending April 2, 2011, figure of 44,100. This marks the 12th 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 35,354 from the previous week’s average of 36,247.

All regular unemployment insurance claimants in Louisiana who have received at least one check during the reference month, decreased by 2,444 from 36,714 in February 2012 to 34,270 in March 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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