BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending January 2, 2010, increased to 3,618 from the previous week’s total of 3,568. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending January 3, 2009, figure of 2,888.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 4,536 from the previous week’s average of 4,851.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending January 2, 2010, increased to 65,804 from the previous week’s total of 63,861. Continued weeks claimed increased in various industry sectors over the week. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending January 3, 2009, figure of 35,697.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 64,847 from the previous week’s average of 64,669.
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 1,330 from 60,354 in November 2009 to 61,684 in December 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 Web page now contains the following new products; UI Weekly Claims Data by Regional Labor Market Area (RLMA) and by Parish, UI Weekly Claims Data by Industry for Louisiana, and UI Definitions (PDF). To access these products 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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