La. jobless claims hop up

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Initial claims for jobless benefits last week in Louisiana fell 12 percent below those of a year ago.

That's according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, which recorded 6,033 first-time unemployment claims for the week ending Jan. 9. For the comparable week ending Jan. 10, 2009, there were 6,825 initial claims.

Two weeks ago, there were 3,618 claims - but that week was cut off by the holidays.

The number of additional benefit weeks - an indicator of those still seeking work - rose to 68,337 from the previous week's total of 65,804. For the comparable week a year ago, there were 37,359 continued weeks claimed by the unemployed.

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