BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 6, 2014, increased to 2,796 from the previous week’s total of 1,698. Fewer initial claims were filed the previous week of the Thanksgiving and Acadian holidays resulting in this over-the-week increase.
Industries with the largest over-the-week increase in initial claims were construction, health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, retail trade, and administrative and waste services. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending Dec. 7, 2013, figure of 3,159.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,355 from the previous week’s average of 2,244.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Dec. 6, 2014, increased to 20,592 from the previous week’s total of 19,558. Industries with the largest over-the-week increase in continued claims were construction, professional, scientific and technical services, and transportation and warehousing. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Dec. 7, 2013, figure of 24,160.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 19,791 from the previous week’s average of 19,410.
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 Definition 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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