BATON ROUGE – Hurricane Isaac caused a spike in initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending Sept. 8, 2012, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported today.
Initial unemployment claims increased to 9,023 from the previous week’s total of 2,345. This is the most initial claims filed in one week since Hurricanes Gustav and Ike impacted Louisiana in September 2008, resulting in 10,264 initial claims filed the week ending Sept. 27, 2008.
The over-the-week increase in initial claims was spread across many industries, with the largest increases in construction, retail trade, health care and social assistance, and accommodation and food services. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending Sept. 10, 2011, figure of 3,256. Regional Labor Market Areas which saw the largest over-the-week increases were New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houma.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,290 from the previous week’s average of 2,738, an increase that is also attributable to the effects of Hurricane Isaac.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Sept. 8, 2012, increased to 31,895 from the previous week’s total of 31,512. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Sept. 10, 2011, figure of 43,900.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 32,906 from the previous week’s average of 33,932.
All regular unemployment insurance claimants in Louisiana who have received at least one check during the reference month, decreased to 30,790 in August 2012, down 2,848 from 33,638 the month before.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website 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 Definitions and UI Monthly Claimant Characteristics by Parish. To access these products begin on the LWC home page and select Labor Market Information. Scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.
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