La. weekly initial unemployment claims up La. weekly initial unemployment claims up The Associated Press Oct. 16, 2013 Comments First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 5 increased to 2,456 compared to 2,307 a week earlier. The state’s labor department said the four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,480 from the previous week’s average of 2,414. Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Oct. 5 decreased to 23,293 compared to the previous week’s total of 23,551. The four-week moving average of such claims decreased to 23,693 from the previous week’s average of 23,900.