Weekly jobless claims drop in La. Weekly jobless claims drop in La. The Associated Press Aug. 31, 2013 Comments First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 17 have dropped to 2,634 initial claims from 2,719 a week earlier. The state labor department said the four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,706 from the previous week’s average of 2,806. Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. 17 decreased to 26,280 compared to the previous week’s total of 26,891. The four-week moving average of such claims decreased to 26,788 from the previous week’s average of 26,824.