Initial claims for unemployment insurance increased to 5,753 for the week ending May 30, 2009, when compared to the previous week’s total of 4,944. The increases in initial claims are due to an increase in claims in NAICS code 321 Wood Product Manufacturing and NAICS code 62 Health Care and Social Assistance. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending May 31, 2008, figure of 3,322.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 5,172 from the previous week’s average of 4,793.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed increased to 52,411 for the week ending May 30, 2009, from the previous week’s total of 50,874. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending May 31, 2008, figure of 20,482.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 50,486 from the previous week’s average of 49,534.
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 menu at the top of the page. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System), and under Demographics and Statistics select Unemployment Insurance Claimants.
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