BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending January 30, 2010, remained relatively unchanged, going from 3,816 last week to 3,818 this week. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending January 31, 2009, figure of 4,591.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,653 from the previous week’s average of 4,603.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending January 30, 2010, decreased to 64,224 from the previous week’s total of 65,504. Continued weeks claimed decreased in several industry sectors over the week. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending January 31, 2009, figure of 38,769.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 66,200 from the previous week’s average of 66,595.
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 1,942 from 61,684 in December 2009 to 63,626 in January 2010.
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.
The UI Weekly Claims Data Web page now includes the following features: 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, 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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