Covering Louisiana

Feb 15, 2013 11:54 AM by AP

Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 9 decreased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,829 from the previous week's total of 3,126. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,143 initial claims.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 3,177 from the previous week's total of 3,591.

Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Feb. 9 decreased to 29,781 compared to 31,123 the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 13,309 from the previous week's average of 31,980.

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