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Date:March 8, 2013
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Louisiana unemployment insurance claims report March 8, 2013

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending March 2, 2013, decreased to 2,887 from the previous week’s total of 2,918. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending March 3, 2012, figure of 3,302.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,765 from the previous week’s average of 2,825.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending March 2, 2013, decreased to 28,217 from the previous week’s total of 28,501. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending March 3, 2012, figure of 37,773.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 28,900 from the previous week’s average of 29,626.

The total number of people who filed a claim for regular unemployment insurance in Louisiana, and received at least one check during the reference month, decreased to 26,158 in February 2013, down 4,701 from 30,859 in January 2013. February’s figure is the lowest level since September 2008 with 24,396.

For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage 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 Louisiana’s employment homepage and select Labor Market Information. Scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.

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