BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending January 9, 2010, increased to 6,033 from the previous week’s total of 3,618. The increase in initial claims was attributed to the first full workweek after the holidays and the first week of a new quarter for new and renewed UI claims. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending January 10, 2009, figure of 6,825.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,543 from the previous week’s average of 4,536.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending January 9, 2010, increased to 68,337 from the previous week’s total of 65,804. Continued weeks claimed increased in various industry sectors over the week. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending January 10, 2009, figure of 37,539.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 65,830 from the previous week’s average of 64,847.
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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