BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 16, 2015 decreased to 2,762 from the previous week’s total of 2,838. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending May 17, 2014 figure of 2,343.
Accommodation & Food Services had the largest increase in initial claims followed by Construction. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services showed the largest drop in initial claims followed by Information. 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.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,709 from the previous week’s average of 2,716.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending May 16, 2015 increased to 22,894 from the previous week’s total of 22,873. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 18,517 for week ending May 17, 2014.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 22,804 from the previous week’s average of 22,642.
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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