Initial jobless claims up on GM shutdown
BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana labor officials say first-time claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week in the state, primarily because of a one-week shutdown of the General Motors Co. plant in Shreveport.
The state Workforce Commission said there were 4,087 initial claims for the week ending March 26.
The state recorded 3,655 initial filings the previous week.
The GM shutdown, which the company blamed on a shortage of parts from Japan following an earthquake and tsunami, affected about 800 workers.
For the comparable week ending March 27, Louisiana recorded 4,120 initial jobless claims.
The four-week moving average of first-time claims, a less-volatile measure, increased to 3,630 last week from the previous week's average of 3,407.