Aug 18, 2014 08:59 Initial La. unemployment claims drop Initial La. unemployment claims drop The Associated Press Aug. 18, 2014 Comments First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 2 decreased to 2,293 from the previous week’s total of 2,312. The state labor department figures released Friday show initial claims for the comparable week a year earlier totaled 2,844. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,533 from the previous week’s total of 2,535. Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. 2 decreased to 23,204 compared to 23,406 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 23,197 from the previous week’s average of 23,014.