Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending December 1, 2012, increased to 4,048 from the previous week's total of 2,705, an annual spike Louisiana has seen for the past two years.
It was the first week after the shortened claims-filing week of Thanksgiving. Similar spikes occurred in initial Louisiana claims for the comparable weeks in 2010 and 2011. Initial claims generally declined in the subsequent weeks in both years.
The largest over-the-week increases in initial claims were in construction, up by 336, and health care and social assistance, which rose by 181. Increases also occurred in accommodation and food services, retail trade, and administrative and waste services. However, initial claims were below the comparable week ending Dec. 3, 2011, figure of 4,789.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 3,179 from the previous week’s average of 2,818.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Dec. 1, 2012, increased to 30,723 from the previous week’s total of 29,111. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Dec. 3, 2011, figure of 43,656.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 29,939 from the previous week’s average of 29,834.
The total number of people who filed a claim for regular unemployment insurance in Louisiana, and received at least one check during the reference month, decreased to 26,574 in November 2012, down 2,387 from 28,961 in October 2012.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage 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 Louisiana’s employment homepage and select Labor Market Information. Scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.