BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Feb. 21, 2015, decreased to 2,144 from the previous week’s total of 2,522, and were above the comparable week ending Feb. 22, 2014, figure of 1,964.
A shorter work-week due to the Mardi Gras holidays contributed to the over-the-week decrease in initial claims.
The construction sector had the biggest over-the-week drop in initial claims, followed by administrative and waste services. The mining sector showed the third largest over-the-week drop in initial claims. Mining includes oil and gas industry personnel who work in exploration and extraction. Many other workers in oil and gas and its supporting services are employed in various 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 2,570 from the previous week’s average of 2,667.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Feb. 21, 2015, decreased to 20,939 from the previous week’s total of 21,435. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Feb. 22, 2014, figure of 21,835.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 21,364 from the previous week’s average of 21,547.
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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