Jobless claims decrease in La. Jobless claims decrease in La. Advocate business staff report March 15, 2013 Comments Initial claims for unemployment benefits decreased last week in Louisiana to 2,887 claims from the previous week’s 2,918 and from a year-ago tally of 3,302. The state labor department said Friday that the four-week moving average, a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,765 from the previous week’s average of 2,825. Continued jobless claims for the week ending March 2 decreased to 28,217 from the previous week’s 28,501 and from a year-ago figure of 37,773. The four-week average declined to 28,900 from the previous week’s 29,626.