Initial jobless claims jump in La.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Initial claims for unemployment payments in Louisiana jumped 17.5 percent during the week ending Nov. 21.

That's according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, which counted 5,432 first-time claims for the week. There were 4,623 initial filers the previous week. State labor officials say the increase in the newly unemployed was spread across most sectors of the economy.

For the comparable week ending Nov. 22, 2008, there were 3,373 initial claims.

For the week ending Nov. 21, there were 61,502 additional weeks of benefits claimed, up from 61,389 the previous week. For the comparable week a year ago, there were 30,104 additional weeks of benefits for those still seeking jobs.

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