Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending March 16, 2013, decreased to 1,889 from the previous week’s total of 2,860. This is the lowest level since March 22, 2008, with 1,862 initial claims.
A decrease in initial claims in the construction and health care and social assistance sectors contributed to the lower overall numbers. Construction related initial claims were down 38.9 percent, and health care and social assistance sector claims declined 45.2 percent. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending March 17, 2012, figure of 2,830.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,639 from the previous week’s average of 2,773.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending March 16, 2013, decreased to 26,001 from the previous week’s total of 27,583. This is the lowest level since Sept. 13, 2008, with 15,965 continued claims. Again, construction followed by health care and social assistance registered 7.8 percent and 5.1 percent declines, respectively, in continued claims. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending March 17, 2012, figure of 35,865.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 27,576 from the previous week’s average of 28,350.
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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.