- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 15 decreased from the previous week’s total.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims fell to 1,993 from the previous week’s total of 2,392. There were 2,426 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,148 from the previous week’s average of 2,332.

Continued unemployment weeks claimed for the week ending Feb. 15 decreased to 22,275 compared to 23,083 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 22,952 from the previous week’s average of 23,502.