State 1st-time jobless claims increase
BATON ROUGE- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 19 increased from the previous week's total.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 3,547 from the previous week's total of 3,394. The figure was lower than it was for the comparable week a year earlier, when there were 4,432 initial claims.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increase to 3,342 from the previous week's total of 3,224.
Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending May 19 totaled 31,959, an increase from 31,691 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 32,065 from 32,333.