First-time jobless claims up in La.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time benefit claims from the newly unemployed jumped 9.8% last week in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 4,018 initial filings for the week ending Sept. 18. There were 3,661 first-time claims the previous week.

For the comparable week ending Sept. 19, 2009, the state reported 4,767 initial filings.

The four-week moving average of initial claims, though, fell to 3,971 from the previous week's 4,003. Some economists say the moving average is a better employment indicator.

Those still looking for work filed for an additional 52,016 additional weeks of benefits last week. That was a slight rise from the previous week's 51,902.

For the comparable week of 2009, there were 60,797 additional weeks of benefits.

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