BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Sept. 5, 2015 decreased to 2,417 from the previous week’s total of 2,442. Initial claims were above the comparable figure of 1,961 for the week ending Sept. 6, 2014.
The construction and retail trade sectors had the largest over-the-week decreases with 29 fewer claims each. Initial claims for mining, which includes oil and gas exploration and extraction workers, increased from 101 to 111. Others working in the oil and gas support services are spread among various sectors.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,454 from the previous week’s average of 2,461.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Sept. 5, 2015 decreased to 24,425 from the previous week’s total of 25,353. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 20,739 for the week ending Sept. 6, 2014.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 25,464 from the previous week’s average of 26,107.
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 increased to 26,373 in August 2015, up 96 from 26,277 in July 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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