STATE

Unemployment claims drop by nearly 2,000

Staff reports

Initial claims for Louisiana unemployment insurance decreased to 3,981 for the week ending April 11 when compared to the previous week’s total of 5,910.

The initial claims were above the comparable week ending April 12, 2008, figure of 2,779.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 4,717 from the previous week’s average of 4,853.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed increased to 47,489 for the week ending April 11, 2009, from the previous week’s total of 44,478.  The largest increase in continued claims was found in the NAICS Industry Code 336 for Transportation Equipment, due to a temporary layoff. 

Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending April 12 figure of 20,052.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 44,537 from the previous week's average of 42,973.

For more detailed information on the occupations of unemployment insurance claimants visit our Web site at www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information from the left-side menu. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System), and under Demographics and Statistics select Unemployment Insurance Claimants.