BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Aug. 29, 2015 increased to 2,442 from the previous week’s total of 2,414. Initial claims were above the comparable figure of 2,237 for the week ending Aug. 30, 2014.
The wholesale trade sector had the largest over-the-week increase of 34 claims during this time period. Initial claims for mining, which includes oil and gas exploration and extraction workers, increased from 85 to 101. Others working in the oil and gas support services are spread among various sectors.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,461 from the previous week’s average of 2,471.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Aug. 29, 2015 decreased to 25,353 from the previous week’s total of 25,650. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 21,463 for the week ending Aug. 30, 2014.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 26,107 from the previous week’s average of 26,667.
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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