BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 2, 2015, decreased to 2,498 from the previous week’s total of 2,737. Initial claims were above the comparable figure of 2,273 for the previous week ending May 3, 2014.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,772 from the previous week’s average of 2,722.
Construction had the largest decrease in initial claims followed by transportation equipment and retail trade. Mining, which includes oil and gas exploration and extraction workers, also saw a drop 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 May 2, 2015, decreased to 22,639 from the previous week’s total of 22,809. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 18,926 for week ending May 3, 2014.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 22,425 from the previous week’s average of 22,099.
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 21,355 in April 2015, down 437 from 21,792 in March 2015.
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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