Initial claims for unemployment insurance decreased to 4,526 for the week ending March 14, 2009, compared to the previous week’s total of 4,533. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending March 15, 2008, figure of 2,337.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,178 from the previous week’s average of 4,059.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed increased to 41,230 for the week ending March 14, 2009, from the previous week’s total of 40,737. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending March 15, 2008, figure of 21,061.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 40,561 from the previous week's average of 40,270.
For more detailed information on the occupations of unemployment insurance claimants visit our Web site at http://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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