Baton Rouge: Initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending May 19, 2012, increased to 3,547 from the previous week's total of 3,394. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending May 21, 2011, figure of 4,432.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 3,342 from the previous week’s average of 3,224.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending May 19, 2012, increased to 31,959 from the previous week’s total of 31,691. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending May 21, 2011, figure of 43,237.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 32,065 from the previous week’s average of 32,333.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website at:
Select LOIS and use the menu under Historic Data Analysis. Scroll over Employment and Wage Data, Labor Force Data, and select Unemployment Insurance Claimants.
The UI Weekly Claims Data webpage includes the following features: UI Weekly Claims Data by Regional Labor Market Area and by Parish, UI Weekly Claims Data by Industry for Louisiana, UI Definitions and UI Monthly Claimant Characteristics by Parish. To access these products begin on the LWC home page and select Labor Market Information. Scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.