Jobless rate up in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana labor officials say first-time claims for jobless benefits returned to their pre-Thanksgiving levels last week.
The state Workforce Commission says that for the week ending Dec. 11, there were 4,231 initial claims in Louisiana. The previous week saw 5,170 filings following the short holiday week.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased slightly to 4,225 from the previous week's average of 4,177.
For the week ending Dec. 12, 2009, Louisiana took in 6,003 first-time filings for benefits.
Those still looking for work filed for an additional 50,174 weeks of payments last week. For the comparable week a year ago, the unemployed filed for an extra 64,405 weeks of benefits.