BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Feb. 1, 2014, decreased to 1,988 from the previous week’s total of 2,220. Three days of government office closures due to adverse weather in Louisiana may have contributed to the decline. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending Feb. 2, 2013, figure of 3,126.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,566 from the previous week’s average of 2,630.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Feb. 1, 2014, decreased to 22,813 from the previous week’s total of 23,637. The over-the-week decrease in continued claims also may be associated with the weather event. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Feb. 2, 2013, figure of 31,123.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 23,798 from the previous week’s average of 24,206.
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, increased to 21,790 in January 2014, up 359 from 21,431 in December 2013.
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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