Unemployment benefits on the rise in LA

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment benefits in Louisiana increased to 3,742 for the week ending Oct. 2 from the previous week's total of 3,680.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that for the comparable week ending Oct. 3, 2009, the state recorded 4,498 first-time claims.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,775 from the previous week's average of 3,861. Some economists consider the average a better employment calculation.

Last week, there were 50,423 additional weeks of benefits claimed by those still looking for work. That's a reduction from the previous week's total of 50,940.

For the comparable week a year ago, there were 59,096 additional weeks claimed.

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