First-time jobless claims down in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for jobless benefits in Louisiana decreased for the week ending Jan. 15.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 4,999 initial unemployment filings for the week, down from the previous week's total of 6,503.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,606 from the previous week's average of 4,422.
For the comparable week ending Jan. 16, 2010, there were 4,945 first-time filings.
Last week, those still looking for work filed for an additional 51,704 weeks of benefits, down from 51,967 the previous week.
For the comparable week in 2010, there were 66,735 additional weeks of payments.