BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 9, 2015 increased to 2,838 from the previous week’s total of 2,498. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending May 10, 2014 figure of 2,209.
Initial claims in accommodation and food services increased the most. Educational services had the second largest increase due to the start of seasonal school closures in various parishes. Initial claims in mining, which includes oil and gas exploration and extraction workers, also increased marginally.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,716 from the previous week’s average of 2,772.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending May 9, 2015 increased to 22,873 from the previous week’s total of 22,639. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 18,897 for week ending May 10, 2014.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 22,642 from the previous week’s average of 22,425.
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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