Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 9 increased from the previous week's total.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 4,203 from the previous week's total of 2,459. The week ending Jan. 9 marked the start of a new quarter for new claims, when some claimants regain their eligibility for benefits, typically resulting in an increase in initial claims. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,601.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,934 from the previous week's total of 2,494.
Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Jan. 9 decreased to 23,331 compared to 24,659 the previous week.
The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 23,115 from the previous week's average of 22,665.
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Posted on Tue, January 19, 2016
by Associated Press