Initial jobless claims in Louisiana stable

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time jobless claims were stable last week in Louisiana - but well below the comparable week in 2009.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says that for the week ending Jan. 30, there were 3,818 initial claims for jobless benefits from the newly unemployed. That's two more than the previous week's total, but nearly 17 percent below the 4,591 filed in the week ending Jan. 30, 2009.

There was a slight decrease in the number of continued weeks of benefits claimed - a sign of those still looking for work. The state paid out 64,224 weeks of additional benefits last week, compared to 65,504 the previous week, and 66,735 the week before that.

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