BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending March 7, 2015, increased to 2,782 from the previous week’s total of 2,559, and were above the comparable week ending March 8, 2014, figure of 1,857.
Manufacturing had the highest over-the-week increase in initial claims, followed by healthcare and social assistance. Initial claims for mining, which employs oil and gas exploration and extraction workers, showed the third-highest increase over the week.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,502 from the previous week’s average of 2,541.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending March 7, 2015, decreased to 21,113 from the previous week’s total of 21,273. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending March 8, 2014, figure of 20,292.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 21,190 from the previous week’s average of 21,243.
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 decreased to 20,928 in February 2015, down 814 from 21,742 in January 2015.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit laworks.net and select Labor Market Information.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Weekly Claims Data webpage includes the following: 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, select Labor Market Information at laworks.net , scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section, and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.
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