Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending July 20, 2013, decreased to 3,035 from the previous week's total of 3,764. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending July 21, 2012, figure of 3,080.
The over-the-week decrease in initial claims can be attributed to the quarter change week ending July 13 that had resulted in a larger than usual over-the-week increase in initial claims. Hence, the week ending July 20, which is the following week is showing a larger than usual decrease in initial claims.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,978 from the previous week’s average of 2,975.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending July 20, 2013, decreased to 26,423 from the previous week’s total of 26,467. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending July 21, 2012, figure of 36,688.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 25,822 from the previous week’s average of 25,354.
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.