BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Feb. 28, 2015, increased to 2,559 from the previous week’s total of 2,144, and were above the comparable week ending March 1, 2014, figure of 2,125.
There were fewer initial claims the previous week, in part because it was shortened by the Mardi Gras holiday. The construction sector had the biggest over-the-week increase in initial claims, followed by administrative and waste services. Despite the longer work week, initial claims were virtually unchanged in mining, which employs oil and gas exploration and extraction workers. Others working in oil and gas support services are spread among various sectors.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,541 from the previous week’s average of 2,570.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Feb. 28, 2015, increased to 21,273 from the previous week’s total of 20,939. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending March 1, 2014, figure of 21,409.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 21,243 from the previous week’s average of 21,364.
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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