Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Jan. 12, 2013, increased to 4,483 from the previous week's total of 3,253. The over-the-week increase in initial claims typically occurs every year at this time and can be attributed to the first week of a new quarter for new and renewed unemployment insurance claims. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending Jan. 14, 2012, figure of 3,969.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 3,434 from the previous week’s average of 3,196.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Jan. 12, 2013, increased to 32,464 from the previous week’s total of 32,001. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Jan. 14, 2012, figure of 44,351.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 31,746 from the previous week’s average of 31,494.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at:
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.