BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending December 5, 2009, increased to 4,880 from the previous week’s total of 4,415. The increases were spread throughout most major industry sectors. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending December 6, 2008, figure of 4,115.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 4,838 from the previous week’s average of 4,990.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending December 5, 2009, increased to 65,092 from the previous week’s total of 60,632. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending December 6, 2008, figure of 32,564.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 62,154 from the previous week’s average of 61,050.
The third chart included in this press release is for all regular unemployment insurance claimants who have received at least one check during the reference month in Louisiana. These claimants increased by 5,081 from 55,273 in October 2009 to 60,354 in November 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 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 3, 2004. 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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