First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 19 increased to 2,675 from the previous week’s total of 2,443.

The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims for the comparable week a year earlier at 2,531.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,522 from the previous week’s total of 2,454.

Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Dec. 19 increased to 21,789 compared to 21,530 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 21,991 from the previous week’s average of 21,944.