1st-time claims decline in La.
BATON ROUGE- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 18 declined from the previous week's total.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 3,007 from the previous week's total of 3,143. The figure was lower than it was for the comparable week a year earlier, when there were 3,167 initial claims.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 3,205 from the previous week's total of 3,289.
Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Feb. 18 totaled 39,009, down from 440,007 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 40,540 from 41,591.