Initial claims for unemployment insurance decreased to 3,497 for the week ending February 28, 2009, compared to the previous week’s total of 4,154. This decrease is primarily due to fewer initial claims in the wood products manufacturing industry. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending March 1, 2008, figure of 2,475.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 4,011 from the previous week’s average of 4,284.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed increased to 40,153 for the week ending February 28, 2009, from the previous week’s total of 40,124. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending March 1, 2008, figure of 22,812.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 39,900 from the previous week's average of 39,554.
For more detailed information on the occupations of unemployment insurance claimants visit our Web site at www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information from the left-side menu. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System), and under Demographics and Statistics select Unemployment Insurance Claimants.
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