Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 29, 2012, decreased to 2,505 from the previous week's total of 3,495. The over-the-week decrease in initial claims can be attributed to a shorter work week due to the Christmas holidays for the week ending Dec. 29, 2012. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending Dec. 31, 2011, figure of 3,219.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,262 from the previous week’s average of 3,648.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Dec. 29, 2012, decreased to 31,009 from the previous week’s total of 31,510. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Dec. 31, 2011, figure of 43,247.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 31,315 from the previous week’s average of 31,244.
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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.