Initial unemployment claims increase from previous week's total in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 14 increased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 3,196 from the previous week's total of 1,807. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,377.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission's unemployment information processing system was offline Nov. 4-7 which contributed to the over-the-week decrease of 632 initial claims for the week ending Nov. 7. This system unavailability also resulted in a larger than usual over-the-week increase in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 14, 2015 as those initial claimants who were unable to file the previous week did so in the week ending Nov. 14.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,486 from the previous week's total of 2,272.

Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Nov. 14 decreased to 19,595 compared to 22,428 the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 21,863 from the previous week's average of 22,670.

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