Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Sept. 15 decreased to 4,873 from the previous week's total of 9,023. However, the number of initial claims remained well above pre-Hurricane Isaac levels, with much of the increase attributable to the hurricane.
Initial claims for the week ending Sept. 15 were also above the comparable week in 2011, when 3,567 initial claims were filed.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,799 from the previous week’s average of 4,290.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Sept. 15, 2012, increased to 33,459 from the previous week’s total of 31,895. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Sept. 17, 2011, figure of 44,259.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 32,655 from the previous week’s average of 32,906.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website at: http://www.laworks.net/LaborMarketInfo/LMI_MainMenu.asp
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.