BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Oct. 18, 2014, decreased to 2,024 from the previous week’s total of 2,473. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending Oct. 19, 2013, figure of 2,311.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,116 from the previous week’s average of 2,127.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Oct. 18, 2014, increased to 19,119 from the previous week’s total of 18,947. The previous week ending date of Oct. 11, 2014 marked the start of a new quarter for new claims, when some claimants regain their eligibility for benefits. This typically results in an increase in continued claims the week following quarter change week, which was the week ending Oct. 18, 2014. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Oct. 19, 2013, figure of 22,949.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 19,217 from the previous week’s average of 19,450.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit Louisiana’s employment 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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