First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 26 increased to 4,285 from the previous week’s total of 3,547, the state’s labor department reported Friday.
For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,936 initial claims.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 3,588 from the previous week’s total of 3,342.
Continued unemployment claimed for the week ending May 26 totaled 31,957, compared to 31,959 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 31,976 from 32,065.