- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 12 increased from the previous week’s total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,443 from the previous week’s total of 2,414. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,506.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,454 from the previous week’s total of 2,642.

Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Dec. 12 increased to 21,530 compared to 21,501 the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 21,944 from the previous week’s average of 21,460.

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