Jobless claims fall in Louisiana

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 29 decreased to 1,985 from the previous week’s total of 2,131.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday there were 1,663 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,051 from the previous week’s average of 2,086.

Continued unemployment weeks claimed for the week ending March 29 decreased to 19,599 compared to 19,639 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 19.874 from the previous week’s average of 20,326.