First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 2 dropped to 2,309 from the previous week’s total of 2,374.

For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,602 initial claims, the state’s labor department reported Friday.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,377 from the previous week’s total of 2,414.

Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Nov. 2 decreased to 22,416 compared to 22,705 the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 22,708 from the previous week’s average of 23,927.