BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending April 25, 2015, decreased to 2,737 from the previous week’s total of 2,789. Initial claims were above the comparable figure of 2,238 for the previous week ending April 26, 2014.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,722 from the previous week’s average of 2,693.
Professional, scientific and technical services had the largest increase in initial claims followed by Manufacturing. Construction showed the largest drop in initial claims followed by Wholesale trade. Mining, which employs oil and gas exploration and extraction workers, also dropped in initial claims. Others working in the oil and gas support services are spread among various sectors.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending April 25, 2015, increased to 22,809 from the previous week’s total of 22,248. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 18,921 for week ending April 26, 2014.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 22,099 from the previous week’s average of 21,775.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit laworks.net and select Labor Market Information.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Weekly Claims Data webpage includes the following: 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, select Labor Market Information at laworks.net, scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section, and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.
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