BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending October 3, 2009, decreased to 4,498 from the previous week’s total of 4,519. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending October 4, 2008, figure of 4,803.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 4,516 from the previous week’s average of 4,717.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending October 3, 2009, decreased to 59,096 from the previous week’s total of 59,921. The construction industry had the largest over-the-week decrease. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending October 4, 2008, figure of 34,238.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 59,843 from the previous week’s average of 60,419.
The third chart in the October 9, 2009, Unemployment Insurance Claims press release is for all regular unemployment insurance claimants who have received at least one check during the reference month in Louisiana. These claimants decreased by 5,283 from 58,184 in August 2009 to 52,901 in September 2009.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC’s) Web site at http://www.LAWORKS.net and select Labor Market Information. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System), and under Demographics and Statistics select Unemployment Insurance Claimants.
UI Weekly Claims Data Sheet is a new feature now available on the LWC Web site. This feature will print out a report with initial and continued claims for the current selection, prior week, and prior year. Weekly claims data can be accessed back to the week ending January 5, 2008. Begin on the LWC home page and select Labor Market Information (LMI). Scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section and select Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims.
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