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Date:January 3, 2014
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Louisiana unemployment insurance claims report Jan. 3, 2014

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 28, 2013, decreased to 1,721 from the previous week’s total of 2,578. The shorter work-week due to the Christmas holidays contributed to the over-the-week decrease in initial claims.

The industries with the largest over-the-week decreases in initial claims were accommodations and food services, construction, health care and social assistance, and retail trade. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending Dec. 29, 2012, figure of 2,505.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,549 from the previous week’s average of 2,581.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Dec. 28, 2013, decreased to 23,648 from the previous week’s total of 24,385. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Dec. 29, 2012, figure of 31,009.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 24,021 from the previous week’s average of 23,716.

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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