BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 23, 2015 increased to 3,166 from the previous week’s total of 2,762. The over-the-week increase in initial claims can be attributed to the seasonal closing of schools for summer. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending May 24, 2014 figure of 2,985.
Educational services had the largest increase in initial claims followed by other services, excluding public administration. Initial claims for mining, which includes oil and gas exploration and extraction workers, increased marginally. Others working in the oil and gas support services are spread among various sectors.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,816 from the previous week’s average of 2,709.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending May 23, 2015 increased to 23,516 from the previous week’s total of 22,894. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 18,948 for week ending May 24, 2014.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 22,981 from the previous week’s average of 22,804.
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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