BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 31, 2014, decreased to 2,976 from the previous week’s total of 2,985. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending June 1, 2013, figure of 3,306.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,628 from the previous week’s average of 2,453.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending May 31, 2014, increased to 19,576 from the previous week’s total of 18,948. The over-the-week increase in continued claims can be attributed to the seasonal closing of schools for summer. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending June 1, 2013, figure of 22,647.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 18,985 from the previous week’s average of 18,822.
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 18,199 in May 2014, down 33 from 18,232 in April 2014. This is the lowest level since November 2007 when 17,675 claimants received at least one check during the month. May 2014 is the fourth consecutive month with a decrease from the previous 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.
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