BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending March 21, 2015, increased to 2,723 from the previous week’s total of 2,520, and were above the comparable figure of 2,131 for the previous week ending March 22, 2014.
Administrative and waste services had the highest over-the-week increase in initial claims, followed by the construction sector. Initial claims were virtually unchanged in mining, which employs oil and gas exploration and extraction workers. Others working in the oil and gas support services are spread among various sectors.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,646 from the previous week’s average of 2,501.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending March 21, 2015, increased to 21,193 from the previous week’s total of 20,758. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 19,639 for week ending March 22, 2014.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 21,084 from the previous week’s average of 21,021.
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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