BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Sept. 1, 2012, decreased to 2,345 from the previous week’s total of 2,956. This is the lowest level of initial claims since the week ending Nov. 29, 2008 with 2,282 initial claims. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending Sept. 3, 2011, figure of 3,878.
Louisiana began to feel the impact of Hurricane Isaac on Aug. 27, which forced some state office closures beginning Aug. 28. This probably contributed to the decrease in unemployment claims.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,738 from the previous week’s average of 2,955.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Sept. 1, 2012, decreased to 31,512 from the previous week’s total of 33,752. This is the lowest level since Dec. 13, 2008 with 31,396 continued claims. The over-the-week decreases were spread throughout various industries. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Sept. 3, 2011, figure of 45,201.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 33,932 from the previous week’s average of 35,167.
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.
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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