- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 8 decreased from the previous week’s total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,445 from the previous week’s total of 2,479. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,364.

Accommodation and food services had the largest decrease in initial claims, followed by information.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,532 from the previous week’s total of 2,784.

Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Aug. 8 decreased to 26,997 compared to 27,591 the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 27,611 from the previous week’s average of 27,563.

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