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Date:November 6, 2015
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims fall for week ending Oct. 31

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Oct. 31, 2015 decreased to 2,439 from the previous week’s total of 2,502. Initial claims were above the comparable figure of 2,178 for the week ending Nov. 1, 2014.

Health care and social assistance showed the largest over-the-week decrease of 34 claims, followed by other services (except public administration) with 31 claims, professional, scientific and technical services with 26 and all of manufacturing with 26 fewer claims than last week.

Initial claims for mining, which includes oil and gas exploration and extraction workers, decreased from 117 to 116. Data for others working in oil and gas support services are spread among various job sectors and are not included in the mining total.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,479 from the previous week’s average of 2,454.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Oct. 31 decreased to 22,661 from the previous week’s total of 22,768. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 19,190 for the week ending Nov. 1, 2014.

Following a seasonal trend, the total number of people who filed a claim for regular unemployment insurance

and received at least one check decreased to 22,742 in October 2015, down 135 from September 2015.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 22,803 from the previous week’s average of 22,912.

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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