- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 13 decreased from the previous week’s total.

The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims fell to 2,704 from the previous week’s total of 2,949. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,544.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,811 from the previous week’s total of 2,901.

Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Aug. 13 decreased to 27,351 compared to 27,598 in the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 27,615 from the previous week’s average of 27,680.



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