- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 19 increased from the previous week’s total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,307 from the previous week’s total of 2,015. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,068.

Professional scientific and technical services had the largest over-the-week increase of 40 claims. Initial claims for mining, which includes oil and gas exploration and extraction workers, increased from 88 to 111.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,295 from the previous week’s total of 2,322.

Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Sept. 19 decreased to 23,792 compared to 24,253 the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 24,456 from the previous week’s average of 24,920.

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