La. initial jobless claims drop

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Workforce Commission says initial claims for unemployment insurance dropped to 4,954 for the week ending Dec. 19, from 6,003 for the previous week.

For the comparable week a year earlier, the week ending Dec. 20, 2008, initial claims were 5,976.

The biggest drop in initial claims was seen in the Transportation Equipment industry, the commission said.

The number of continued benefit weeks increased to 65,317 from the previous week's total of 64,405; For the comparable week in 2008, the figure was 33,110.

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