Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 3, 2014, increased to 2,273 from the previous week’s total of 2,238. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending May 4, 2013, figure of 2,466.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,231 from the previous week’s average of 2,188.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending May 3, 2014, increased to 18,926 from the previous week’s total of 18,921. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending May 4, 2013, figure of 23,010.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 18,994 from the previous week’s average of 19,095.
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 18,232 in April 2014, down 1,544 from 19,776 in March 2014. This is the lowest level since November 2007 when 17,675 claimants received at least one check during the month.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit Louisiana’s employments homepage at www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information.
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 Definition 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.