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Date:April 5, 2013
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Louisiana unemployment insurance claims report April 5, 2013

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending March 30, 2013, decreased to 1,663 from the previous week’s total of 2,057. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending March 31,2012, figure of 2,945.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,117 from the previous week’s average of 2,423.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending March 30, 2013, decreased to 23,438 from the previous week’s total of 24,421. Excluding the week ending Sept. 13, 2008 with 15,965 claims due to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the week ending March 30, 2013 was the lowest level of continued weeks claimed since the week ending June 14, 2008, with 22,984 claims. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending March 31, 2012, figure of 34,204.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 25,361 from the previous week’s average of 26,556.

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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