LA unemployment claims up by 4%

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana recorded a four percent increase in first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 4,140 initial claims for the week ending Aug. 21. That's up from the previous week's total of 3,987.

For the comparable week ending Aug. 22, 2009, there were 4,411 first-time claims.

The four-week moving average of initial claims dropped to 4,138 last week from the previous week's average of 4,199.

Last week, those still looking for work claimed an additional 56,102 weeks of benefits, down from the previous week's total of 56,588.

For the comparable week a year ago, the unemployed claimed an additional 63,420 weeks of payments.

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