First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 9 increased to 4,203 from the previous week’s total of 2,459.
The state labor department said the week ending Jan. 9 marked the start of a new quarter for new claims, when some claimants regain their eligibility for benefits, typically resulting in an increase in initial claims. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,601.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,934 from the previous week’s total of 2,494.
Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Jan. 9 decreased to 23,331 compared to 24,659 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 23,115 from the previous week’s average of 22,665.