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Date:February 20, 2015
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Louisiana unemployment insurance claims report Feb. 20, 2015

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Feb. 14, 2015, decreased to 2,522 from the previous week’s total of 2,939, and were above the comparable week ending Feb. 15, 2014, figure of 1,993.

Retail trade had the biggest over-the-week drop in initial claims, followed by the mining industry. Mining includes oil and gas industry employees who work in exploration and extraction. Many workers in oil and gas and its supporting services are divided among other industry sectors, none of which had a significant change in initial claims for the week.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,667 from the previous week’s average of 2,783.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Feb. 14, 2015, increased to 21,435 from the previous week’s total of 21,325. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Feb. 15, 2014, figure of 22,275.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 21,547 from the previous week’s average of 21,781.

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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